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Preview — Microtrends by Mark J. Penn
Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes
For example, in a chapter on adults who play videogames:
"The games all focus on taking over worlds, dating, or killing. But what most 33-year-old men want is to make a killing in the stock market, or if they want to knock someone off, it's their boss and his corner office. Their female counterparts have just had their first or second baby, and are dealing with child...more
This book is useful, entertaining and, at times, a little strange. These qualities all arise from its core premise. Mark. J. Penn and E. Kinney Zalesne set out to reveal dozens of “microtrends” they say are reshaping U.S. and global society. They group these contained trends by topical clusters (work, health, etc.), and argue that Americans’ freedom of choice is allowing social fragmentation into more distinct niches. The result is snapshot after snapshot of 70 or...more
"Numerically Speaking, when the music stops in heterosexual America, there are a lot of girls left standing."
Mark then gos on to say that at birth there are more boys than girls but after puberty, due to car accidents, homicides, suicides and drownings, there are a little fewer boys than girls. (he doesn't even mention wars) The ratio is something like 51 to 49. Then the Gay Factor has to be added in. 5% of Americans (give or take) are gay. But there are two gay men for ev...more
I’m definitely behind the concept. Now more than ever, I feel t...more
When I picked up this book, my endorphins spiked. Mark Penn, star Democratic pollster, wrote a book about microtargeting, the cutting edge of political campaigns; how much better could it get? The more of the cover I judged, the more excited I got. Bills Clinton and Gates, Tony Blair, and the Washington Post all recommended Mark Penn. This book is going to be fantastic, I thought. It was all downhill from there. What I failed to notice is that they were all recommending Penn the person, not Penn...more
When you put a hundred of them together, it's not quite 100% (as t...more
I picked up this book out of curiosity, and because, as a therapist-in-training, I'm ever curious about some of the small, up-and-coming groups that may show up for therapy someday, or may benefit from psychological study, say in the form of a PhD thesis.
Thus far, I've found reading this book to be a strange experience. Some of it is kind of exciting. It's great to read a...more
The main thesis of this title is that big trends are easy to spot. Smaller trends, however, frequently converge, resulting in something which no one saw coming. So, by being aware of the smaller trends, and spotting potential convergences between these smaller trends, you're less likely to be surprised.
One of his discoveries for Bill Clinton was that, quite often, men and women within th...more
Each chapter in this book deals with a different subject. The chapters are bound together in sections, for example "work" or "health and wellness" or "technology." Some of the facts presented, when taken on an i...more
I had quibbles with some of his conclusions. He says that left-handednes...more
I was expecting a list of trends with a concise description of their (unmet) needs and how to market a campaign to them. So first of all it was not a strict political book but that wasn't bad...more
There is clearly a pro-Clinton bias that permeates a lot of the writing. He worked for Bill and was a key operative in Hilary's campaign. The book did include one major error which I attempted...more
The Bad: Penn seems to think he's a sociologist or social theorist which is laughable. He takes some pot shots at Bowling Alone, which is sad because it's such a superior book and Penn stands on the latter's shoulders.
The Ugly: The writing style is atrocious: br...more
"The perverse and unorthodox thesis of this little book is that the voters are not fools." V.O. Key, Jr.
Korea has 1,200 plastic surgeons, the highest per capital in the world.
In so many areas now, women are the majority, but men and the system are slow to recognize it. Women are the majority of students in college and in law school. Women are the majority of voters. Joining that list, while no one seems to be recognizing it, is also that women are the majority of...more