JANUARY 2012 // ISSUE 4

STATE OF AMERICA

What’s Left Of The Middle Class Is More Diverse, Harder Working, And Still Shrinking – The Census Reveals Married Couples Are No Longer The Majority, Populations Are Leaving The Suburbs And Clustering In Urban Cores, Biracial Americans Have Doubled In The Past Decade, And The Asian Population Is Considered The Fastest Growing

Via AdAge

BRAVE NEW CONSUMER

Cash Mobs Form To Boost Neighborhood Stores – “Cash Mobs,” A New Social-Networking-And-Shopping Movement Aimed At Increasing Sales At Local Businesses, Have Sprung Up Around The Country As A Way To Provide Support For Their Local Community

Via The Wall Street Journal

SMART BRANDS

Lessons In Transparency, Authenticity And Consumer Engagement From A Stand Up Comic – Louis CK Gives Insight On How Throwing The 20th Century Marketing Rules Out The Window Made Him A Winner

Via Big Spaceship

BRIGHT IDEAS

Insight From 2011’s Most Talked About Topics On Social Media – The Top 10 Lists Of The Most Shared Topics On Twitter, Facebook, And LinkedIn Provides Insight Into How People View And Use Each Platform

Via Radian6

ON THE RADAR

Follow Me: @intelfuturist Brian David Johnson — Intel Futurist, Screen Future Author, Re-Inventor Of The TV, Pioneer In Artificial Intelligence And Robotics — Speaks And Writes Extensively About Future Technologies

Read This: Seth Godin’s Blog Is Perhaps The Most Popular In The World. Author Of 13 Books And Founder Of Dozens Of Companies, He Has Been Called “America’s Greatest Marketer”

Watch This: Olive, The First Full Length Indie Film Shot Entirely On A Smartphone, Will Show In More Than 2,000 Theaters Nationwide. Many Have Said This Film May Change The Film Industry As We Know It

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