it is really interesting to take in the news from Europe and still check in on the USA sites to see what appears to be a wide riff on what is considered important or newsworthy to both groups. if the internet public library was not headed the way of net neutrality in the USA, I would scan Asia to see what the thoughts and news were there too. what you see is a very big divergence in the way and what information is being reported.
I fear my old friends in new media are either sucked into the current media game because they have a mortgage to pay and kids in college, or they walked away from it all and much like I wonder, “what happened to that really cool idea of the information democracy with the world wide web?” they say, “what happened to media, reporting, and truth?”
what really scares me more, is that I can easily see why the Europeans seem to despise the USA because of one man named president trump. there are many here that are also guilty and naïve about generalizing 320 million people by one guy's inability to act presidential or realize that running a country is about people, not just creating the illusion of a brand.
I think our current trajectory in the maze of noise, branding and tring to be famous by doing nothing- is going to be “shut up, produce great stuff” versus “let’s just put pretty images on the internet and talk about ideas and then have no actual idea how to produce something.” the later comment comes from a few meetings in the past week where I realize, “most of these folks have not build anything outside of corporate America before.”
the last comment is not a knock to people, as we all have very different strengths and skills, but I really am tired of folks that are not hybrids, or have many crossover skills trying to pretend versus physically moving forward. I remember someone I used to follow from the Stanford school who said, “prototype often” and what that turned into is “prototype pitch often” and much like our patent system is really not much about people taking the time to make an idea reality – it is more a tool for larger corporations to sue each other and keep competition out of the market via legal maneuvering versus actually producing something.
yesterday I held a sketchbook up to one group, who thankfully I know understands concepts and is seeking ideas. the next step will be to comp up the ideas for inclusion into what probably is a group meeting of experts to fish out what they want. to me, everyone you try to help is simply a learning experience, of which, while the world of money, entertainment, and high performance is really cool to play it – it does cost you some of your soul if you go to the highest levels.
the other group will be today is full of what I call dreamers. really smart people who I do believe care and want to better the world, yet, they really are a bit hand tied in how you take an idea, make a concept out of it and then roll it out into a market and then make money with it. it isn’t a simple process, usually takes far more time and money than you think, and is fraught with a learning process you really don’t get in the university courses. the few professors that resonated with me in my schooling were all ones who had companies on the outside and taught.
the full time learned business professors that simply wrote papers or worked up various theories, while very bright and smart – really had little actual experience in how the world of business worked. maybe that is why I really am looking at the modern world of branding and how scale to companies is nice, but there is no human being that can live up to the hype of the image and desire to be perfect of the brand
while I respect the office of the president of the united states, I have never witnessed more damage done to the office than in the past year. I hate to type that, but even ex-president Clinton’s two-year mess with a blowjob and him giving the green light for the population of the country to lie by saying, “I never had sexual relations with that woman.” oddly opened the floodgate for modern media. president trump could have easily left his tweets to himself, but after calling basically everyone on his staff a loser, and using a black/white good/bad simplicity to anything that doesn't’ agree with him, well…I actually am sitting here wondering, “is that man that insecure? does he realize he is the president of the united states and he doesn’t need to waste his time on the bullshit of what appears to be a whole lot of people trying to profit from sucking on the teat of power?”
but then again, are the American people that ignorant that they have no power with their legal representation unless they can afford the right people with access? I was talking to a Swiss businessman that I had a nice conversation of the reality of the EU, USA and China…he asked, “how are the people in the factory towns and the steel mills of the old USA so stupid to think Trump will get them jobs?”
my reply stunned even myself, “it is the same thing how in Brazil the politicians give the people a loaf of bread and they all get excited, “look, my leaders, did something for me!” at the same time, those same people are robbing the country blind.
that is what is happening in the USA right now. If nothing else, I do hope the president drains the swamp. I know it is a big swamp, but it would be easier to do that than build some wall to isolate a country that was created as a gateway, “give me our tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. send these, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” - the new colossus plaque on the statue of liberty (which was forgotten until 1901)
the statue of liberty opened in 1886…how much we have changed from the American dream in such a short period of time.
then again, I never thought I would see a president, despite his massive power, not realize how much he has and tears apart all the people around him because of what i am left to believe is massive insecurity. you can take a lead singer of a rock band, a movie star, or even the president. they need a big ego to take on the job where people might all say, “you suck.” that is the strength and flaw of megalomaniacs.
but the rock singer, or the movie star – are in a sense playing make-believe. the office of the president requires a much larger road crew of smart people and a team than, "look at how great i am!" tweets.
but that is just my free two cents, in 10 minutes of a Saturday morning in Switzerland. the world is going a bit further into the coo-coo for cocoa puffs trajectory.