Meh! In the past week, or two, I’ve read some articles that seemed to have a common thread for me. Can you guess what that theme is?
Obama is following Roosevelt’s approach of making early down payments on big ideas.
Mid-tweet in last week’s press conference, reporters were already complaining that President Obama wasn’t making news. And by the old standards, they were right. Obama didn’t drop any bombshells, or rein in his agenda, as so many have been urging, or tee up a YouTube-ready sound bite. The same gasbags who had blasted him for demeaning the presidency by cracking jokes on “The Tonight Show” and drinking a beer at a basketball game (hadn’t some favored George W. Bush over Al Gore in 2000 precisely because he was better “to have a beer with”?) now claim Obama’s boring. On Sunday he had to defend himself on “60 Minutes” from the charge that he was “punch drunk” with mirth; by Wednesday, he was derided as too serious and professorial.
What was a bad situation in November 2008 is starting to turn outright ugly – Facebook is now well over twice the size of MySpace, according to recent worldwide Comscore data. And what’s worse, MySpace is losing audience while Facebook absolutely hockey sticks: MySpace lost 2% of users in just one month, while Facebook grew by nearly 40 million members in February alone. MySpace currently has 124 million monthly unique visitors, compared to Facebook’s 276 million.
My former boss, Jim Fawcette, used to say that if you asked a group of Porsche owners what they wanted they’d tell you things like “smoother ride, more trunk space, more leg room, etc.” He’d then say “well, they just designed a Volvo.”
His words were meant to get us out of letting the customers run our business mode we often found ourselves falling into.
An anti-Christian chapter in Western history is about to begin. But out of the ruins, a new vitality and integrity will rise.By Michael Spencer
from the March 10, 2009 edition
March 16th, 2009 by iMonk
Guest Blogger Michael Bell (The Eclectic Christian) returns for his second round of statistical evaluations of “The Coming Evangelical Collapse.”
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