Week of January 08, 2012

Week of January 08, 2012

Selling Out

Selling Out

January 8, 2012

Did you trade the ideals of your youth for the comforts of  middle-age? Are you a sell out?

  1. Ralph Nader on Selling Out

    Love him or hate him, presidential candidate and consumer advocate Ralph Nader has stuck to his principles.

    Average: 4.6 (21 votes)
  2. Rep. Joe Walsh (R. IL) on Compromise

    Freshman Representative Joe Walsh is considered the unofficial spokesman for the “no compromise” faction of the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

    Average: 3.3 (20 votes)
  3. The Other F Word

    “The Other F Word" tells the stories of punks from the 80s and 90s, who are now dads. What's the other F word? “Father”, of course.

    Average: 4 (12 votes)
  4. Shepard Fairey - from Obey to Hope

    You may not know Shepard Fairey but, you probably know his work. In 2008 he created the now-iconic Obama HOPE poster.

    Average: 2 (29 votes)
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What's Hot and Why Not?

January 8, 2012

There are a lot of future predictions at this time of year, but just how good are we at figuring out what the next big thing might be? From music to markets to Twitter… we’re peering into our cacophonous culture, trying to see what’s coming.

  1. Data Mining for True Trends?

    More than 100 million people have Twitter accounts. Every moment, across the globe, they are posting thousands of short digital messages; that’s a lot of data.

    Maybe it can help us keep an eye out for cultural change?

    Average: 4.7 (3 votes)
  2. The Future Business

    There's money in the future. It's Liz Crawford's job to help big corporations figure out how to make it.

    Average: 3 (3 votes)
  3. Looking Back at Futurecasting

    So just how good are we at predicting the future? Anne Strainchamps and Steve Paulson look back at some forecasts from the turn of the millenium.

    Average: 4.5 (2 votes)
  4. Building a "Trendy" Time Machine

    There’s a MIT professor who wants to build a time machine. Grant McCracken is working on a conceptual device that will help us get to the future faster, by understanding the trends that are shaping the world to come.

    Average: 4 (4 votes)
  5. Butch Vig: A Musical Life in Trends

    For all the trend watching and forecasting, it has to be someone’s job to create the future… to come up with something truly new.

    For decades, musician and producer Butch Vig has been doing just that. Vig says from the beginning, he wanted to make music that was different from what he was hearing in the mainstream.

    Average: 4.7 (3 votes)
  6. Dr. Seuss's Sneetches

    The last word goes to Dr. Seuss. His Sneetches found out the hard way about trying to follow the latest fads.

    Average: 5 (2 votes)