Your future sales revenue in America will be going into student loan payments

Eric Garland Economic trends, Greatest Hits 2 Comments

USA Today notes that America’s student debt loan is set to top one trillion, even as the rest of the economy attempts in vain to deleverage. Even more interesting is the fact that the average loan is double what it was just a decade ago. What does this mean exactly? One decade ago today was October 19, 2001, shortly after …

The Footloose remake is why we are in a Depression

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I want you to consider the psycho-econo-cultural impact of the remake of Footloose, which, in contravention of all remaining humanity, opens tonight. Mein Gott in Himmel, has it really come to this in American culture? What exactly was left unanswered about that most sweeping, timeless narrative in the way it was portrayed by Kevin Bacon? In which dark, psychotic corner …

The trouble with assets

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If you look up the word “TARP” online, your first search result will not be an actual “tarp,” but the cleverly named Troubled Asset Relief Program, signed into law by President George W. Bush in October 2008 to purchase worthless financial instruments from private banks in an effort to keep the world banking system from collapsing. Three years later, the …

Garland’s law of foresight journalism

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Garland’s Law of Foresight Journalism is a well-researched theory that guides the actions of magazine and newspaper editors, as well as television producers, regarding their decisions to report on future studies, forecasts, scenarios or predictions of any sort. The law shows the following phenomena in the media ecosystem: Every publication must produce a feature every eighteen months that either lionizes …

The future of branding in a world of chaotic transformation

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Today, I am in humid, historic Philadelphia, PA to deliver an executive briefing on where branding and communications are headed in a world where – despite Bernanke’s press conference yesterday – we’re dealing much less with recovery and much more with radical transformation. My Prezi (a very potent PowerPoint antidote!) on the matter is attached, though unnarrated. Enjoy the stark …