Data Talk

A lot of my close friends know that I’ve been fixated on data journalism and data’s relation to everything that we do in the creative industry today. Loved these two conversations about data from BASIC:

Hong Kong

“Jimmy Lai is one of the richest people in Hong Kong. And in some ways, the story of his rise is the story of Hong Kong itself.

Jimmy was born in mainland China. In 1960, when he was 12 years old, he snuck out of China and into Hong Kong by hiding in the bottom of a fishing boat. The day he got to Hong Kong, he got a job in a factory. By the time he was 21, he was running a factory. Today, he’s one of the richest people in Hong Kong. He’s also one of the most vocal critics of the Chinese government, and a major figure in Hong Kong’s protest movement.

Jimmy Lai’s story is the story of Hong Kong. And Hong Kong’s story is the story of the 200-year-long history of China and with the West — a story of communism, colonialism, and capitalism.”

Really dug this episode of Planet Money!

Hype Economy

When does something transcend and break out of hype and really become something else?


(22:16) “Pay attention to the people who have a pattern of creating or building things that connect with people. When it becomes a pattern, that’s when you know it’s genius and not hype. How regularly can they connect with you?”

(25:54) “We need the hype economy to carve out new sectors and push forward new things. From that, it’s on each one of us to mentally weed out what’s actually necessary for us to consume and what’s not necessary.”

(27:00) “In a world of social media, hype economy creates platforms. In turn, creates a place for more hype to begin. It gets weird. Hype doesn’t necessarily create anything of real value.”

Other compelling heat points: exclusivity, accessibility, hyper personalization, attention spans, create tactile experiences, people want to find themselves in brands, find your piece that spawns longevity;