Sumner Redstone, one of the US media giants who shaped the modern entertainment industry, has died at the age of 97. Redstone took over his father’s drive-in movie theatre business National Amusements and turned it into a multi-billion dollar cinema and media empire. It controlled names including Viacom, Paramount Pictures, […]

President Donald Trump says he has heard Democratic running mate Kamala Harris “doesn’t qualify” to serve as US vice-president, amplifying a fringe legal theory critics decry as racist. Ms Harris was born to a Jamaican father and Indian mother in Oakland, California, on 20 October 1964. But a conservative law […]

FROM OUR OBSESSION Global Economic Disruptions Globalization, automation, and inequality. With people staying home and whole industries shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic there is significantly less commerce than there used to be. Definitionally, this means that the sum of all of that commerce—known as GDP—has declined. Analysts and […]

FROM OUR OBSESSION The Third Age of TV First came broadcast, then cable, now streaming. Most companies are having a tough time these days. Netflix, however, is doing just fine. The streaming service revealed today that it added more than 10 million global subscribers in the second quarter, beating both […]

Early in the morning of Feb. 23, an aircraft took off from Vienna carrying 25 metric tons of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks and gloves, to China. The city of Wuhan, where Covid-19 first emerged, had been in lockdown for a month. Nearly 2,500 people had died across the […]