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”.
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Curation of weekly selections – A distillation of the opinions that count!
- REVIEW OF BOOKS
John Lanchester, "How should we read investor letters?"
The New Yorker - 5 Sep 2016
The financier turned novelist considers the correspondence between CEOs and shareholders as a literary genre. In this longish piece (reads in 12-15 min) that contains some hilarious letters, he reviews an interesting new book: “Dear Chairman: Boardroom Battles and the Rise of Shareholder Activism” (HarperBusiness).
Published in Weekly selection 2 September 2016
Mark Blyth, "Capitalism in crisis"
Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 31 Jul 2016
This is a review of three recent books that try to make sense of what went wrong with capitalism and what comes next in a world of stagnant living standards, widening inequalities, and rising carbon emissions. Despite acknowledging capitalism’s adaptive capabilities, the picture all three books paint is a bleak one (reads in about 7-9 min).
Published in Weekly selection 15 July 2016
Jacob Weisberg, "We Are Hopelessly Hooked"
New York Review of Books - 25 Feb 2016
This is a review of four books that look at “our transformation into device people (that) has happened with unprecedented suddenness”. Two are from Sherry Turkle. The MIT professor presents a powerful case that the new communication revolution is degrading the quality of human relationships, and in particular makes us lose our ability to empathize. Quite a long read (about 15-20mn), but insightful throughout.
Published in Weekly selection 12 February 2016
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