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Strategies for a discontinuous future.










Thursday, February 16, 2006
 


The Big Picture

Zakaria: The Decline and Fall of Europe

Unlike his support for the war in Iraq, I think Zakaria is right on the money here.

-- Mahashunyam // 1:37 AM //


Wednesday, February 15, 2006
 


Politics of the Day - Abu Ghraib, pt 2

As if Darth Cheney shooting a friend in the face wasn't enough, here are more Abu Ghraib photos just leaked to the SMH (link to MeFi, pics link on from there).

God, these are disturbing - much worse than the last batch.

I've been waiting for these to be released; as I've pointed out before, the Post and the UN are both sitting on a CD of 600+ of these photos, which were showed to the Senate some time ago.

I think today I am not just ashamed to be am American - I feel literally sick after looking at these. I can't seem to find any words...

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Just go look and see if you can get through all 15.

And a note on strategy to moron Dems: try using language the heartland understands to explain just why this is wrong. Say: "this is Satanic". No, I'm not kidding - not even a little bit.

-- umair // 3:04 AM //


Tuesday, February 14, 2006
 


Bubblegen Goes Podcasting

I sat down last week with Michael Bayler, as associate and pal, to chat about media econ + strategy; the podcast is here.

If you've ever wanted a quick intro, here it is - recommended for those of you into the media end of my work.

-- umair // 10:32 AM //


 


Edge Competencies - Plasticity Mini Case Study

"..."MySpace gives you more freedom to express yourself," said Zlatan Stankovic, 21, a sophomore at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y. "You can leave different kinds of comments, pictures, movies, stuff like that."

Link; on why MySpace is more successful than it's competitors.

There's a very big point in this little quote.

Let me try and put it as simply as possible. It's that plasticity is an edge competence: one of the things firms can do to make the edge strategically productive. When your edge is more productive than your competitors', you have built one of the only sources of sustainable advantage in the post-network economy.

-- umair // 10:01 AM //


 


Neuroconomy

A nice advance in the neuroscience of memory should have smart brand strategists and managers across industries contemplating the (very real) virtues of idleness and the deep hidden costs of attention scarcity.

-- umair // 9:56 AM //


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