Is it possible that "positive thinking" can actually backfire in certain situations, and that negativity can be a good thing? Thatís the question posed in a recent article that appeared in the New York Times in August. A prime example was the report that 21 people had received burns from walking on hot coals during a "positive thinking" exercise.


Most Americans will agree that the Internet and social media have made it easier to stay informed of news and events, but they view the content they receive with skepticism, according a survey undertaken earlier this year. Almost two thirds of the people polled had used social media the preceding month and while social media users skewed towards a younger demographic, they aligned with overall American sentiment on most issues.


What technologies are now having a broad-ranging impact on businesses and consumers? Thatís the question that Gartner Inc. raised in their 2012 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report. A few of the fastest-moving technologies include big data, 3D printing, Internet TV, media tablets and cloud computing. The Hype Cycle details a particular path that technologies take, from need/inception to over-enthusiasm, to disillusionment and eventually, realism.


According to a recent survey from Gallup, Americansí confidence in television news has hit an all-time low. Only 21 percent of the people polled claimed to have either a great deal or a lot of confidence in the television news media, a number that has declined steadily from 46 percent in 1993. TV news ranked 11th out of 16 U.S. institutions tested, which included police, the church, the Supreme Court, banks and big business.

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