Time Magazine, managed by Nancy Gibbs, whom I admire for her down-to-earth, realistic connection with current trends, devoted an issue to "new ideas."
I figured Nancy was telling us what new doings were important, and wonderfully significant.
What Nancy Gibbs discussed, is listed here, in bold letters.
MAKE FUN OF EVERYTHING,
(Hmm... well, people pay attention when you poke major issues -- it suggests that you're very sophisticated, and blasé, so of course Em is paying attention.)
PUT THE SEX BACK IN SEX ED
(Gee, aren't kids learning everything from movies and pop songs?)
SWEEP OUR DIRTY RIVERS CLEAN
(Sure, after we fix roads, bridges, and do something about plastic bags.)
DIVERSIFY CORPORATE AMERICA
(Okay, that's the "hire females" talk that we've heard before, but maybe a little louder than last year.)
COOK WITH THE WHOLE FARM
(We're venturing into new [old] basic foods to eat healthier and eat less junk food [note "maybe" -- I'm making a blasé comment -- this farm food trend seemed boring.)
LET KIDS RUN WILD ON LINE
(Kids are doing it anyway -- giving them permission just makes parents feel more successful parentally.)
TELL REAL STORIES WITH VIDEO GAMES
(Eek -- scary trend -- vid games are amusing compared to much of the unspeakably uglier, more violent real tales of today.)
STOP SENDING AID TO DICTATORS
(Yes, instead of promoting tyrants, help the down-trodden, but gee, can the President do that -- doesn't the do-nothing Congress have to approve?)
TAKE YOUR EARS ON VACATION
("Time" says we will be visiting new places, like undersea where we can hear whales songs, or the Mohave Desert and hear -- what? -- sand shifting? Are there crickets?)
BRING THE DOCTOR WITH YOU
(Yay, it's an Em idea -- get the gizmos that track your vitals and bring them, wear them like a necklace or a bracelet, whenever you visit the Doc.)
Since none of this grabbed me, I visited Forbes Magazine.
Forbes gave specifics on How to Pick a Money Making Idea and Build It. Click the link -- it's talk that says "pick something that nobody else is doing and promote it a way nobody else is doing."
(Would it be blasé to say thanks for nothing, Forbes?)
Hey Nancy Gibbs, I thnk all these trends -- except for Make Fun of Everything -- are because everything is over-advertised, promoted, and sold to us. And we are surviving by thinking privately -- not listening, nodding, or taking advice -- just being who or whatever we are, and doing whatever feel llike doing.
Advice from Em, Nancy Gibbs: That BE WHO YOU ARE -- is a very big, very current trend.