Political blogs – the curious case of the missing centre

There's an interesting working paper on the culture of political blogs over at Crooked Timber. Some highlights and discussion: "blog readers tend to read blogs that accord with their political beliefs". "Cross-cutting readership of blogs on both the left and right of the spectrum is relatively rare" A few thoughts: 1. The evidence presented suggests … Continue reading Political blogs – the curious case of the missing centre

The Four Cultures of Marketing Ethics

Marketing, whether of a product or an idea, can be overt or it can be covert. In the former everyone can see what's happening and can willingly consent to it. The latter, though  can become out and out manipulation. Mostly, there's a big grey area in between. There's been some popular discussion of this issue … Continue reading The Four Cultures of Marketing Ethics

Economics of the Singularity

Crooked Timber has been running a 'book event' on the economic ideas of science fiction writer Charlie Stross. In case you haven't come across him, Stross is a prolific (300,000 words a year) writer of extravagant ideas who lives in Scotland. His approach to  pulp sci-fi is reminiscent of  Philip K Dick's.  Sure it's commercial, … Continue reading Economics of the Singularity

Dear Davos, How much is there?

News channel  CNN is giving ‘influential bloggers’ a chance to ask world business leaders a burning question at the forthcoming world economic forum. The question Fourcultures would ask is: How much is there? This question is deceptively simple. Think about it for a moment, then if you like, take the little poll to the right … Continue reading Dear Davos, How much is there?

What to do when your Blog is bigger than Ben Hur

What should you do when your blog is too big to know your name? In BusinessWeek, Sarah Lacy reports on how blogging multi-millionaire Jason Calacanis is ‘retiring’: "Blogging is simply too big, too impersonal, and lacks the intimacy that drew me to it" he says. It seems he’s turned to the timeless, homespun, traditional craft … Continue reading What to do when your Blog is bigger than Ben Hur