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start-up thinking in the enterprise

Sunday, 30 August 2009

So where's the bruise?

The latest Murdock rant against democratically assembled media here in the UK, saw the BBC take another punch, below the belt, from the billionaire media tycoon. Sky's never been good with democracy....

Outside of the fact that public satisfaction with the BBC rests at record highs, why, if this issue is so significant for you Jame,s is the example you come up with not from within the same channel? Instead you give us radio! We know the humble wireless has been dying since Freddie sang about it. Is this eclipsed format really the biggest threat you face?

Or, is the truth, that your business model has been hit by file sharing and digital technologies - we might say, the democratisation of media - and you have no convenient body to attack?

Murdock's problems have got little to do with the BBC and everything to do with a management team, out of their depth in the new world.

When someone hits you hard - the blow usually leaves a mark - and I don't see any bruises on the Sky business model inflicted by the BBC.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

makes you stink, makes you think

Is the online world being driven by a vocal, disruptive, opinionated minority who share what might be considered a collective world view?

Previously I’ve wondered whether certain character types are disproportionately represented in the active, online community. More recently I’ve been struck, in much of my reading, something of a “Makes you stink, makes you think" sentiment – whiffs of that haughty mantra of the confirmed, intellectual smoker type - ergo – the burden of awareness is borne only by those, of a slightly depressed character, who, self medicated on nicotine, see the world for what it is, through a cancerous haze.

In fact, I’ll go further and bet a statistically significant percentage of bloggers, either smoke, or smoked for long periods of their life.

failing to succeed....

I'm beginning to wonder whether the less than perfect technical record of Twitter isn't in fact as asset.

The whole falling over every couple of days "thing" seems to do the service little harm.

Constant talk of the fail whale "meme" keeps the brand in the consciousness of a competitive market and in many ways, the lack of stability only reinforces non corporate, home spun, local, community credentials - key brand values in a networked world.

Being way below average as a way to garner online love...

Saturday, 22 August 2009

This is a rich man's recession....

In a post recessionary environment, the interests of the rich and the middle class often align, on one critical issue - inflation.

Both tacitly accept an inflationary environment on the basis that creating real value is never going to be a realistic way of jump starting a stalled economy (it rarely is in the boom years so it sure as shit ain't going to work when the power's out!).

Inflation becomes the lesser of 2 evils.

But this time things are different. For the first time, pretty much since the emergence of a middle class, they have no savings. They have less to lose in a hyper inflationary environment.

Money in the past that was squirreled away (and then partially eroded by a prolonged period of inflation) simply isn't there. Those rainy day stores our parents or grandparents might have had, have long been spent on foreign holidays, school fees and new bathrooms. Forget the pension crisis of people like me in their mid 30s. Its the near future I'm worried about!

Without savings a shift occurs. The interests of the middle class become decoupled from those of the rich. Inflation is the friend of the indebted and will be greeted as such this time, not just by the poor, but by the middle classes as well.

Frankly, the middling classes have little to lose. The school systems in the funky urban hotspots they moved to, turn out to be zoos and as unemployment rises, the crime rate ain't looking too pretty either. We're not going anywhere. We may as make the debt we're in smaller....

My prediction is by caging their demands in altruistic terms, morally insulated from the cries of feathering their own nests, we'll see middle class commentators increasingly calling for hikes in interest rates to be postponed.

Unfortunately - the rich, who at least finished this crisis off, are likely to avoid a long overdue comeuppance - they have little political mandate to counter this drive - but their money is mobile - we may well see the effects of a downturn magnified as they move what's left of their capital east.

At the very least, we must assume an inflationary environment in the west is not an impossibility now.

Bemused by the news...

So we're fighting terrorism - but we release people if there's oil up for grabs...

We send our troops, on foot, into Sanguine - but as any GCSE politics students could tell you, our commitment to the Afghan people will never outlast embedded warlords and extremists.....

The labour party talk up "efficient government" - and yet with a deficit at £180b we know our standard of living is only going 1 way....

Why is it that everything fed to me as news just seems more and more like a crock of shit

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

James Bond and moral ambiguity....

There didn’t used to be moral ambiguity in the 007 movies.

Bond never dilly dallied around solving side issues - if there was a nuclear bomb going off - he prevented disaster - if there was a war being started - he stopped it. He focused on the issue at hand - he didn't f**k about - he confronted an issue.

Why then, do we have a government minister in Quantum of Solace, making the excuse to M of doing business with sociopaths, "because the world's running out of oil". Go and bloody find some then you dozy, privately educated numpty - or drive a prius. You’re James Bond for gods sakes, not Magnum f**king PI.

We in the West have always been rather more practical in our support of the wrong people when it has suited us. From time to time we've had to turn a blind eye to inexcusable behaviour because a more significant issue exists we can’t be bothered to solve - African poverty, US religious extremism, climate change etc.– but James Bond....he's meant to be different.

Monday, 10 August 2009

where's the downside?

For a lot of us long lunching Europeans the debate raging about healthcare on the other side of the Atlantic all seems a little odd.

My over-riding sense is - "what have you got to lose?"

Is "socialism" really a worse scenario for the majority of you? Might being a bit more "French" actually have some upside? What is it about the system you've got, that so many of you can't do without?

Outside your healthcase system - a shattered economy, a deficit bigger than most of us can comprehend and by all measurable criteria, a falling standard of living (and well being and happiness) - it doesn't exactly add up to a well balanced, 21st century society. So why not shake things up a bit given the majority of people want it?

I mean, when there's a majority who want something, generally it should happen right? That's what democracy - the thing we in the West are so keen on spreading - is all about right?

Oh I see......