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Applying the facts

They once said that you could increase your wealth just by reading The Economist. What they didn’t say was that you still needed to apply what you learned to real life.

Gobbling facts increase your knowledge and at the same time, deaden your ability to think for yourself.

You can make a living off of other people’s opinions, but you’re more likely to be remembered if you can originate something on your own.

Knowledge multiplies in power when it’s chewed over multiple times, actuated, and then retested.

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The coming tech-lash


“one of the big developments of 2014 will be the growing peasants’ revolt against the sovereigns of cyberspace. The Silicon elite will cease to be regarded as geeks who happen to be filthy rich and become filthy rich people who happen to be geeks.”

The tech elite lives in a bubble just like the Wall Street bankers.

“and I don’t mean a tech bubble or a valuation bubble. I mean a bubble as in our own little world.” – Eric Schmidt


The Economist rethinks ‘lean forward, lean back’ model

Readers should not remember the particular device on which they read an article or saw an ad, whether in print, on a smartphone, tablet or desktop.

“If we execute this correctly, all devices should fall away and leave nothing but the content,” he said.

In other words, the goal is to make content agnostic to the inevitability of format shifting.


Newspapers: Slow Delivery, Deep Analysis, Paid

The major newspapers rip blogs, calling them unprofessional and free for a reason. But they should know that information is free, like water. People won’t pay for it if they don’t have to.

Blogs report the news faster. The daily newspaper production is a pre-Internet cadence. Even when the major newspapers post the AP link, somebody out there in the blogosphere has written an informed article backed with facts and valuable opinion.

Today, blogs go deep in analysis while Twitter keeps us on our toes for breaking news. The main reason I read The New York Times, Financial Times, and The Economist is to see how the big guys analyze the buzz. Since the major papers ship once day, it can be a blessing that their writers have more time to cull facts and over analyze. As mentioned above, their challenge is to convince freeloaders that they offer more than what can be understood in a headline or 140 Twitter characters.

I hope newspapers survive. The writing and reporting is excellent. And they ship every day. Newspapers are also a fantastic source for aggregation. Sometimes I’ll miss my RSS and Twitter feeds and just catch up with the Times.

But the newspaper faces many challenges, most importantly the quality, brevity, and speed of the web.