Did a thirty-year-old book about television predict Donald Trump?

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He has been lauded as prophetic. Trump’s ascent “would not have surprised” him, according to CNN. His son said he foresaw a celebrity president with fascistic tendencies. Google searches for his book spiked at a five-year high on February 3rd, just days after Trump’s inauguration.

Neil Postman published Amusing Ourselves to Death in 1985, a few years after a man with a show business background became a Republican president (a certain Ronald Reagan). Can this book help explain why Americans have now elected Donald Trump? Continue reading Did a thirty-year-old book about television predict Donald Trump?

The code to Obama’s success later this year?

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The Culture Code, by Clotaire Rapaille, attempts to determine attitudes of a whole culture. It is interesting, and although I am not an expert, his analysis seems truthful, although by its nature the book is based on generalisations, and he seemingly dislikes the French (“The French are extremely critical, they are pessimistic, they are jealous of what others have, and they put little value on personal success.”). Continue reading The code to Obama’s success later this year?