Standing up against the Four Pushing back against this growth is difficult—there is little that individuals or even companies can do when firms become this powerful. This is the role of government. But big tech has public opinion on their side, hundreds of lobbyists, and they move faster than regulators can keep up. Laws written by the light of coal power don’t work against digitized monopolies. Traditional antitrust principles focus on consumer harm through the prism of prices. Low prices are good, high prices are bad. It’s not a framework well suited to companies that don’t charge consumers, like Google or Facebook, or that relentlessly lower prices, like Amazon (and Apple with Apple TV+), but that nonetheless limit competition and cause consumer harm in other ways besides high prices. Nor does the current mainstream antitrust framework account for the ability of these firms to consolidate markets and outcompete competitors through their unique access to … [Read more...] about Big Tech was already dominant. Has coronavirus made it unstoppable?
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Those who lack familial support or come from nontraditional families, on the other hand, may have always had a complicated relationship with the holidays. “We’ve all been told that everybody spends holidays the same way,” says Lane Moore, the author of How to Be Alone: If You Want to And Even If You Don’t. “Even if it’s a little bit stressful, everybody still says I love you at the end; everybody still feels really safe and close. And that’s just not true for so many of us.” The assumption that everyone goes home for the holidays—or would if they could—can itself feel isolating. “When I go on social media on the holidays, I make a point now of posting on Instagram [to say], ‘Hey, if this is a hard day for you, you’re not alone,'” she says. “I do that every year now, because on everybody else’s social media, you see people trying to sell you on the idea that they have the perfect … [Read more...] about As COVID-19 surges, families anticipate a different sort of holiday season
Denise Brien serves as managing director of research operations for Purple Strategies—a corporate reputation strategy firm—working with a team of researchers and analysts to deliver integrated data and compelling insights for Fortune 500 companies, associations, coalitions, nonprofits, and some of the most recognizable brands in the world. She has worked in research for 20 years and has extensive experience leading quantitative and qualitative research. Prior to joining Purple, Denise held positions in research and consulting at AOL, Premium Knowledge Group, and JD Power and Associates. Explore more Futurecasting by Purple Strategies insights at futurecasting.com. … [Read more...] about 10 lessons from CEOs on how to manage corporate reputation in a new era of activism