By Jonathan Adelman – The United States is the world leader and likely to remain there for decades. It has the greatest soft power in the world by far. The United States still receives far more immigrants each year (1 million) than any other country in the world. The United States leads the world in high technology (Silicon Valley), finance and business (Wall Street), the movies (Hollywood) and higher education (17 of the top 20 universities in the world in Shanghai’s Jaotong University survey). The United States has a First World trade profile (massive exports of consumer and technology goods and imports of natural resources).
Right now, there is no one on the horizon that will overtake or even seriously challenge the United States, however ailing, for at least the next decade or two. more> http://tinyurl.com/lnlzv3v
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Tagged China, First World, Hollywood, Industrial economy, Middle East, Organization, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, United States, Wall Street
By Rick Merritt – Hollywood claims Silicon Valley doesn’t do enough to protect its content. The Valley counters Hollywood doesn’t put out its video in ways attractive enough for the digital age.
Meanwhile the next big format war is brewing. And the Valley is still enamored as ever with each new sexy codec that comes along. more> http://tinyurl.com/ptz8az4
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Tagged Broadband, California, Codec, Hollywood, Internet, Silicon Valley, Technology, United States
By Alexei Anishchuk – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday (Mar 27, 2012) a comment by U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, branding Russia the “number one geopolitical foe”, smacked of Hollywood.
“I would recommend all U.S. presidential candidates … do two things. First, when phrasing their position one needs to use one’s head, one’s good reason, which would not do harm to a presidential candidate.
“Also, (one needs to) look at his watch: we are in 2012 and not the mid-1970s,” said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the end of a nuclear security summit in the South Korean capital.
President Obama was overheard assuring Medvedev, who will hand over the presidency to newly elected Vladimir Putin in May, that he would have “more flexibility” to deal with arms-control issues after the Nov. 6 presidential ballot. more> http://is.gd/kMWL9p