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As a Global Futurist, a Wave Theorist and a trend-spotter, I feel that the worst of economic and sociological times (in terms of the very foundations of civilization are not behind us -- they are lying out about a year or so in the distance, and will be more horrifying and more crippling for all but the very wealthiest of the world's citizenry (dynastic families and corporations blessed by and inextricably intertwined with government -- the true nobility that holds the fate of Humankind in its collective and frightfully avaricious hands) and some of those well-placed politicians who have access to pools of public or treasury funds and the protection of executive security.
The IMF (International Monetary Fund), a combination of a developmental bank and a center for American and allied intelligence has even downgraded (albeit gently) its projections for worldwide economic growth [please see below]. I watch the IMF very carefully -- they give subtle but meaningful cues as to the longer-term economics of the real world, as opposed to the treasuries and central banks of countries, which are largely mainstream media servers of propaganda-flavored beverages. The article brief which follows, a study in mature understatement, comes to us courtesy of SmartBrief Newsletters, and excellent source of information on an industry-by-industry basis:
Here are the tactless truths regarding the forces that are driving this financial and social bulldozer in the direction of the entire world as we've come to know it:
1) The fall of the U.S. dollar in terms of its perceived value internationally, as well as the actual prospect of it being replaced in the not-too-distant future as the world's reserve currency for all banks within the world's countries' respective central banking systems. The US has already incurred too much indebtedness, printed too much fiat currency, and lost its edge in terms of innovation and productivity;
2) The decline of the U.S. educational system, as well as the decline of other industrialized nations' educational systems;
3) An increase in the percentage of the world's impoverished and working poor versus the total population, as well as a significant growing disparity between real wages and real prices of the goods necessary for survival and consumerism;
4) The growing instability and endless wars in the Middle East, and the continuing spread of radicalized Islam throughout the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, Asia, the former Eastern Bloc Nations, and in metastasizing cells throughout the non-Islamic world and the West, in general;
5) The slowdown in the rate of reproduction amongst educated, highly skilled persons (as well as a decline in marriages and later unions), versus the unabated and increasing rate of reproduction amongst the poorest, neediest and least-skilled groups of people worldwide. This makes for a frightening demographic.
I think I've said more than enough, and with all due respect to Paula Dean, I must apologize for my failure to vet this article and redact things which may be construed as "Politically Incorrect" (gasp), or blatantly truthful.
Before making any guesses, I would respectfully request that my readers of The Global Futurist Blog take a few moments and carefully read the illustration (an embedded and somewhat abused image from a Scoop.It! advertisement which found its way into my inbox. By the way, Scoop.It is a wonderful targeted news alert and aggregator service which brings you articles which pertain to topics of your choice, and allows you to comment on them and them to share the complete work with your friends on social media. That's great personal PR.
But my suspicions tell me that within two years (by sometime in 2015), all of these social media channels will connected to one another such that each individual platform will simply become an "entry point" to the consolidated social media works network. I also believe that the rivalries between different social media companies will no longer relate to features and apps (since any social media "entry point" will get you to all of the goodies and special apps offered by the other social media outlets) but to a complex consumer-oriented type of branding. It might even require concessions and giveaways -- but the type of competition (technology, number of apps, compatibility with mobile equipment) will change dramatically, and become less technical and more about branding and consumer friendliness.
Thank you, Scoop.It!, for the inspiration.
The image says it all.
As always, thank you for reading me, and for sharing The Global Futurist articles with your friends, colleagues and contacts though the very social media "entry points, which we've been discussing. Share the articles and contribute to The Collective Consciousness.