History in the Making

There are points in time that define society as we know it. The counterculture of the 1960s defined western culture in terms of individual achievement, respect for human rights, free speech. It pushed the bounds of visual culture and created whole new artforms in literature. A case in point is the ridiculous Howard the Duck […]

From White Heat to Flickering Flame

It had been too long since I read Peter Cochrane’s column on Silicon.com (which I noticed has changed descriptor from ‘column’ to ‘blog’ in line with the latest media fad). In his July 14th posting he talked about the pace of innovation that has been running at break neck speed since before Harold Wilson’s ‘White […]

Beyond the Low Riders

The New York Times has an interesting article about how Sean Coombes is trying quite successfully to walk his urban fashion label out the cliche it had become. Though his business is worth some 400 million USD annually, Coombs has seen the writing on the wall of the scene and rather than cater for the […]

Reading the Tea Leaves

The Buttonwood column in The Economist has some interesting takes on the current interest in internet stocks again. The column puts forward data from both the bull and bear point of view regarding internet stocks: Interesting take-outs: Forrester Research figures quoted: That in the US people spend about 35% of their media time online but […]

Level 3 to Crooked E?

Totaltele.com had an interesting report from Dow Jones Newswire how Level3 the backbone network provider had been exhibiting Enronesque traits. Level 3’s capital-intensive business model is questioned (subscription required) by Helen Draper highlights how Level3 is having to invest huge amounts of money to make just a little money back, hurting its working capital. This […]