Talking Points, October 12, 2020

October 12, 2020

In August, the value of the top five companies in the SP 500- Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet- was 9% greater than the total market cap of the bottom 300 companies in the index. Axios, February 7, 2020

“There are only two industries that call their customers ‘users’: illegal drugs and software.” Edward Tufte

Audiences watched 7.46 billion hours of live-streamed content in Q3. To put that into perspective, there are 876,000 hours in a century. That means roughly 8,447 centuries of content was consumed across all streaming platforms in just three months. Morning Brew, October 7, 2020

“Everyone is a damn fool for a least five minutes a day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.” Elbert Hubbard

Mathematicians have calculated that there are 42,252,003,274,489,856,000 ways to arrange the squares on a Rubik’s Cube. Erno Rubik, the inventor of the cube, can solve it in about a minute. The New York Times, September 16, 2020

Based on guidelines around pandemic-era media production, television shows are not allowed to host live studio audiences unless they consist only of paid employees, ie, cast and crew. So “S.N.L”, following the guidelines, “cast” audience members for their first live episode since March 7 and paid each audience member $150, making them cast members.  The New York Times, October 6, 2020

“Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame.” Bertrand Russell

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