Consumer Fatigue

It started with some comments on YouTube but as I thought through the implications, I started to feel that what is true of cameras, which is where this started, might also be true of very many other product areas and that has broader implications for the global economy.

As my passion is photography, over time I have found a handful of people who post camera revues and vlogs about photography in general on YouTube they are always worth watching whenever they publish a new material, one of these is a chap called David Thorpe. Continue Reading →

The Problems of Change

Last year Mckinsey & Company issued an interesting study on the impacts of automation on the global economy, the following is a direct link to where you can download the PDFs: https://www.mckinsey.com/global-themes/future-of-organizations-and-work/what-the-future-of-work-will-mean-for-jobs-skills-and-wages

For an effective summary of the main thrust of that report, The Verge does a pretty good job: https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/30/16719092/automation-robots-jobs-global-800-million-forecast Continue Reading →

Division is in Our DNA

Although it is exasperated by the ongoing dramas of Brexit negotiations with the EU the most noticeable thing about our leaving the EU is the amount of passionate divisions the Leave result has left within the UK body politic some 17 months after the event. Those who voted Remain still haven’t accepted the result to Leave and the ‘Leavers’ don’t accept that there won’t be backsliding so that in some way, we never get to actually leave the EU !

It is all rather odd, yet if you stop and think about it and especially with an eye to our history, this very sharp division in opinion is not unusual on Britain in fact it seems to be in our very DNA. Continue Reading →

The Tipping Point

To my mind and whilst no one was looking, the situation on Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU has reached and passed the “tipping point” and regardless of whether you were a Remainer or a Leaver, this has a crucial impact on both the UK and the EU which requires a radical rethink by all UK citizens.

My point is that regardless of your previous position on Brexit, in our own self interests, we must all be Leavers now for the following reasons… Continue Reading →

Can We Avoid Calamities ?

This piece is another about change and how we can prepare ourselves and society for it in such a way as to make people feel that the inevitable burdens imposed by it are being fairly shared by one and all. However one the biggest challenges during such times will always come from those with a vested interest in the status quo because and inevitably, rather than seeing themselves as the Luddite obstructors they are, they will portray themselves as “up holding standards” for society in whatever field they happen to be from.

Britain is an evolutionary rather than a revolutionary country but never the less, major changes have too often only been accepted by our society only as the result of calamities. Continue Reading →

A Thought Piece on Change

Tired of writing stuff on the on going Brexit saga, it is time to turn the spotlight on to other and more important matters that will impact not just Britain but the whole of the global economy though Brexit will leave the UK better placed to deal with them. I have written on a number of previous occasions concerning the “Future Economy”

The key issue is not whether the global economy will/is changing, it will but how we are going to manage that change whilst maintaining a high degree of global prosperity. The importance of this cannot be overstated because unless the major economies come together and forge durable agreements between them, the alternative will be the historical one of low level conflict leading to all out war. Continue Reading →

Would it Be a Disaster ?

Behind all the hype and noise concerning the Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU which in truth may merely be the usual smoke and mirrors one associates with anything EU and mandatory at every Council of Ministers they have ever held. The final deal may well have been sketched out and agreed upfront long since and the rest is designed to make it look ‘important, hard won’ and not too easy.

But suppose it isn’t and the possibility of there being no deal is very real, from a UK perspective would that be such a bad thing ? I suspect that the answer to that is no and indeed, no deal would favour the UK far better than actually having one with the EU. Continue Reading →

Why Bother ?

It has always been the nature of the EU that little which is said publicly has much to do with the underlying realities and “drama” has to be injected into just about everything. A prime example at Council of Ministers meetings is the apparent need to hold “make or break” meetings well into the early hours to try and paint a picture of a “Titanic struggle to reach a final agreed position” when one suspects that it was all tied up well before hand by the civil servants before anybody actually arrived at Brussels.

With this in mind, what to make of the current state of the Brexit negotiations and if they are actually that bad, what is the best course of action for the UK to take ? Continue Reading →

Future Photography Trends

The other day I read a piece on DigitalRev by a photographer called Ben Davis on what he saw as the future of photography: http://www.digitalrev.com/article/5-predictions-for-the-future-of-photography

Whilst some of his views I agree with, there are others where I don’t but that said the article did was to provoke quite a number of thoughts on the topic of photography, where it is today and where it may go into the future, it is almost a repeat of the early days of photography and fine art painting but artists still exist today though at the time it might have seemed extinction was a possibility. Continue Reading →

An Unexpected Crossroads

Without a doubt, the most startling new camera that has been launched this year is the Sony a9 mirror-less camera which is aimed squarely at the professional photographer’s market. Technically it is a startlingly fast stills camera that can shoot at an amazing 20 frames per second, focuses brilliantly and does not suffer from the ‘mirror black out’ which is the curse of all mirror-less cameras when it comes to action photography.

So it should be game, set and match for the ‘old’ technology of the DSLR of Canon and Nikon or perhaps not ? It could be that this tour de force illustrates some limitations which are a lot more than purely technical. Continue Reading →