There is an interesting opinion piece at Spiegel Online – the web site of Germany’s leading political weekly magazine – on Barack Obama’s run for the presidency.
It compares Barack Obama’s campaign to the Dot-Net boom of the 1990s when for companies key economic indicators like profit, sales and numbers of employees, or experience and realism of the management team were replaced by momentum of the rising stock price.
Interesting read and for those who know the realities of dealing with Multi-Billion organizations or of international diplomacy some quite intriguing comparisons…
“…The rise of democratic frontrunner Barack Obama signifies an alarming victory of style over substance. Not unlike the dot-com hype, his campaign promises more than he can deliver. The one thing his voters can count on is that they will ultimately be disappointed…“
“…If democracy functions only half as well as the market economy, the Obama bubble will burst. The burning question is: When? Will it happen before the Democratic nomination this August — or not until afterwards?…“
Read the full text at the Spiegel Online web site
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“…I don’t care what you think of my writing or my message. You’re not included in what is going on here. Your opinion is worthless and everyone here knows it. Everyone else has something worthwhile to contribute, except you.
You’re the outcast. Everyone else has this figured out, except you. Everyone fits in, except you. Everyone, except you. Except you…
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There is an interesting article in “Advertising Age” – one of the leading publications of the industry – about the RED campaign by Bono and a group of companies. We suggest to also read the comments on the article. There are a few interesting ones beside the normal “wood” and “heroic praises”. “…The disproportionate ratio between the marketing outlay and the money raised is drawing concern among nonprofit watchdogs, cause-marketing experts and even executives in the ad business. It threatens to spur a backlash, not just against the Red campaign — which ambitiously set out to change the cause-marketing model by allowing partners to profit from charity — but also for the brands involved…”