In today’s hyper-connected world, analysis has become a mere commodity. Retrieving it – let alone information – is like drinking from a fire hydrant. For example, Googling “global economic growth" yields 61 million results; “Eurozone deflation”, 1 million; “tensions in south-east Asia”, 2 million, and so on... It should therefore come as no surprise that we get easily lost in this myriad of information and analysis.

In the face of analysis overload, it becomes invaluable to sift, select and frame the issues and opinions that matter. This is why The Monthly Barometer came up with a Weekly Selection of op-eds and articles. Each week, we select just five of them (out of hundreds that are sent to us by our network) that we frame in two or three sentences. These five pieces convey in a succinct and accessible manner the thinking of people whose opinions matter the most in a variety of macro fields: economics, geopolitics, society, environment, technology and psychology. They constitute a “formidable” shortcut to complex analysis by offering insights and snapshots that can be read in just a few minutes and are easy to digest. For those keen to make sense of today’s world, The Weekly Selections are a must-read. They constitute the best antidote to information and analysis overload.

As a new service, The Monthly Barometer is now offering to its subscribers, and a potentially much larger group, a curation of all The Weekly Selections. On any given macro issue, it will be possible to access the best thinking at the tap of key.  This service should therefore be of particular interest to researchers and students enabling them as it does to grasp with ease “who said what and when”.

Subscribers of the Monthly Barometer can access curated Weekly Selections as part of their subscription. 

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  • ECONOMICS, Employment/unemployment, Technology, Internet

    John Herrman, "What Will Service Work Look Like Under Amazon?"

    The New York Times - metered paywall - 18 Jul 2017

    Amazon epitomizes what the service economy is all about, and what its future will be. It regards labor as a simple commodity and tends to focus on domination, not on providing any sort of abstract benefit to society outside the lowering of prices and the delivery of goods. It has never put forth a rosy vision of the future of service labor and most likely never will (reads in 5-7 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 21 July 2017


  • SOCIETY, Democracies/autocracies, GEOPOLITICS, Technology, Internet

    Andy Greenberg, "Russian Hackers Are Using “Tainted” Leaks to Sow Disinformation"

    Wired - 25 May 2017

    The evidence regarding the Kremlin’s strategy of weaponizing leaks to meddle with democracies around the world is becoming incontrovertible. A new report by a group of security researchers digs into a most troubling layer of those “influence” operations: Russian hackers alter documents within those releases of hacked material, planting disinformation alongside legitimate leaks. It’s easy to imagine how mixing fakes into leaks could expand beyond politics and could soon affect business and the markets (reads in 3-5 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 26 May 2017


  • ECONOMICS, Technology, Innovation, Internet

    Jerry Useem, "How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All"

    The Atlantic - 30 Apr 2017

    This is a longish (reads in more than 10 min) and insightful article about how the internet and AI are driving a revolution in how products are priced. In short: standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer. Real-time dynamic pricing may soon become the norm, with “personalized pricing” revolutionizing the way we pay and shop for things.

    Published in Weekly selection 29 April 2017


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