World Affairs Monthly Interview: Insanity Distilled

Friday, June 20, 2008 | 01:15 PM

Earlier this week, I did an extensive, far ranging interview with Thomas Pochari of the World Affairs Monthly. We touched on the massive changes in technology, media and business, the new frontier, this internet thingie, and the de-institutionalizing of society.

It was quite fun and for those of you who have asked for more podcasts, here's your request filled.    


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For those of you who listen to the very end, I debate myself as to who is the bigger schmuck -- me, or Steve Ballmer. Its a close call, but the conclusion should come as no surprise.

Thomas' description of the interview is beyond generous:

"Johann Gutenberg changed the world with his printing press. He put the scribes and religious despots and freaks out of business. We are now moving to the next level. The book publishers in New York City and London now decide what ideas are important. Yes, they are still in power, but not for much longer. The religious scribes of the 21st century will soon be out of a job. Gutenberg ushered in Phase 2 of history. Now we are moving into Phase 3 of history. I have explained in WAM my role and my theory of the three phases of history. Do check up on my assertions and theories. I assure you that we are living in a very unusual and dramatic time of history.

I recently called up Barry Ritholtz to see how he sees things. I figured he would be interesting, and he certainly was. He is a Wall Street guy: he is the CEO and director of equity research at Fusion IQ. We surveyed quite thoroughly the rapidly changing landscape. Ritholtz is funny and sometimes quite brilliant. I enjoyed the discussion. Click here or on the audio icon above to listen to the editor of World Affairs Monthly interview Barry L. Ritholtz. Fusion IQ can be found on the net at Ritholtz is also a blogger. The Big Picture can be found on the net at

Funny, sure, but brilliant? Perhaps we should just chalk that up to way too much caffeine . . .


Thomas Pochari

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Why wouldn't that guy SHUT UP so I could hear what you were saying? Has he never done an interview before?

Posted by: Fredex | Jun 20, 2008 2:14:42 PM

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