On October 5, 2017, the New York Times reported that the Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein had been sexually harassing women–and getting away with it–for decades. The story was the first trickle of a coming flood: Women came forward en masse, speaking up about how powerful men had harassed and abused them, contributing to what’s now known as the #MeToo movement. advertisement In the past six months, #MeToo has reverberated across industries and has reached around the globe–a shockwave strikingly represented in Google Trends’ latest interactive graphic. Called “Me Too Rising,” it follows the search patterns after that fateful week in October and shows how the movement spread across the globe. As a muted cacophony of voices play in the background, you can click around different cities on a darkened globe, and then play with the timeline at bottom of the interactive, which moves chronologically from that fateful October day to … [Read more...] about Watch How #MeToo Caught Fire Around The World, In Real Time
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Just a few years ago, virtual reality was being showered with very real money. The industry raised an estimated $900 million in venture capital in 2016, but by 2018 that figure had plummeted to $280 million. Oculus—the Facebook-owned company behind one of the most popular VR headsets on the market—planned to deliver 1 billion headsets to consumers, but as of last year had sold barely 300,000. advertisement advertisement Investments in VR entertainment venues all over the world, VR cinematic experiences, and specialized VR studios such as Google Spotlight and CCP Games have either significantly downsized, closed down, or morphed into new ventures. What is happening? Recent articles in Fortune and the Verge have voiced disdain for VR technology. Common complaints include expensive, clunky, or uncomfortable hardware and unimaginative or repetitive content. Skeptics have compared VR experiences to the 3D … [Read more...] about The big problem with virtual reality? It’s almost as boring as real life
Renu KohliThe evolving fiscal dynamics threatens to override September’s fiscal reforms and support actions. The government’s action, combined with monetary easing, were seen to spark a recovery from this quarter.But an intensifying resource crunch and its interplay with persisting economic weakness in October are an alarming sign. The fiscal policy is fast getting trapped between the need to restrain spending and yet boost demand or risk negating monetary stimulation.Close Fiscal slippage risks have increased due to a deepening revenue deficit which, in conjunction with fresh financing commitments and corporate tax giveaway, has brought the gap and absence of additional resource-mobilization plans into the spotlight. related news Macro Matters | Was consumer spending in 2017-18 really lower than in 2011-12? FM holds meeting on GST simplification; similar meetings across country on Dec 7 CBIC refutes reports of authorities seeking 18% GST levy on CEO, CXO … [Read more...] about Fiscal hit fears are for real. Where are resources for growth?
Asteroid 2005-YU55 whizzed past us on November 8 and is now zipping back into the depths of space. Measuring more than a thousand feet in diameter, it passed within 200,000 miles of Earth, a bit closer to us than the moon and just a hair’s breadth in astronomical terms. What if it had slammed into us? advertisement advertisement If you find this sort of potentially real-life horror story as morbidly fascinating as I do, then you’d probably enjoy using the virtual “Catastrophe Calculator” to explore it in dark detail. More formally known as the Earth Impact Effects Program, it’s a free web-based tool for estimating the havoc that would be wrought by a theoretical asteroid or comet impact. Hosted by Imperial College London and Purdue University, the Calculator asks you to enter information about key features such as speed, composition, and angle of attack, and then it tells you what would happen if the object struck within a given distance of you. … [Read more...] about Armageddon Time: What Happens When An Asteroid Slams Into Earth
In Part One of our 2013 marketing forecast, we asked a number of high-level creative types for their educated predictions on how their jobs and the marketing landscape would change in 2013. advertisement advertisement Now, we’re passing the mic to the strategists. These are the people who are said to represent the consumer in the marketing process–they’re the masters of research, the experts in media and culture that are responsible for generating brand insights and opportunities. As they’re steeped in knowledge of consumer behavior, we wanted to add their big-picture perspective to our look at what the near future of advertising may hold. We asked them what were the big shifts in consumer and media trends that would impact marketing and the wider cultural trends feeding these changes. They’ve got a lot on their minds, apparently, so settle in for a long and enlightening read. What sorts of consumer behavior or media trends do you think will … [Read more...] about How Marketing Will Change In 2013: The Strategic Forecast