ebert’s this is a dog

We look at others and think, One of / not one of us. Then we make a value judgment depending on who “us” is. Some people may look with distaste at a woman with body piercings, ripped jeans, a studded belt, a streak of chartreuse in their hair and a good-sized tattoo on their shoulder. Consider that it took that woman a good deal of time and trouble, not to say money, to leave the house looking like that this morning. She must believe there’s a show to be won. In her breed or category, that’s what the judges are looking for this year. Other people may look at a man whose job requires him to always be dressed in a certain way, like George Clooney in “Up in the Air,” and think That poor asshole. There but for the grace of God go I.

From the post this is a dog by roger ebert (via robert)

Edelman Trust Barometer 2011

Edelman Trust Barometer 2011 Released. Highlights from Meg Strout’s blog followed by the slideshare. Meg’s summary:

  • There’s been a decline in trust in “a person like myself” and regular employees, arguably because of “over-friending”
  • Trust in credentialed experts (70%) and company technical specialists (64%) is soaring
  • Informed publics (media consumers) need to hear things three to five times for it to effect a behavior change
  • To stand out and build trust, businesses must activate internal thought leaders across several spheres of media

Via Meg Strout

big companies more than small ones

So which is it?

WASHINGTON—The U.S. economy looks to be in better shape, but a full recovery will only be achieved once small firms begin to prosper, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday.
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The Fed’s most recent moves to boost the economy by buying bonds tend to benefit big companies more than small ones. Through its planned purchase of $600 billion in government bonds, the Fed aims to keep long-term rates low, a move that benefits mainly large companies that can borrow by issuing bonds at low rates. The Fed’s so-called QE2 also helps by stimulating exports via a lower dollar, but small companies account for less than one-third of U.S. exports.

WSJ article here.

a trip down memory lane

It’s all to do with color. It’s all to do with round. With shape. Everything is color. Everything, you know, it must be do with orange. Not only with Orange. I hadn’t seen color. I’d lived in a monochromatic world. I can’t use color. I can do everything. (link)

(Second video via Robert. Thanks!)

(shows Men’s Bathroom Door Sign)

…personally I think people with the power to detonate our economy and ravage our ecology would do better having a picture of Icarus hanging from the wall….I want them thinking about the possibility of failure all the time. We have greed, we’ve got over-confidence/hubris but since we’re here at TED Women, let’s consider one other factor that could be contributing in some small way to societal recklessness.

(shows Men’s Bathroom Door Sign)

Now I’m not going to belabor this point, but studies do show that as investors, women are much less prone to taking reckless risks than men. Precisely because, as we’ve already heard, women tend not suffer from over-confidence the same way that men do. So it turns out that being paid less, and being praised less has its upsides…for society at least. The flip side of this is that constantly being told that you’re gifted, chosen, and born to rule has distinct societal downsides. And this problem—call it the perils of privilege—brings us closer to the root of our collective recklessness. Because none of us, at least in the global North, neither men nor women are fully exempt from this message.

Naomi Klein: Addicted to Risk