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Cultural Trends

  • [Article] A Socionomic Take On James Bond

    [Article] A Socionomic Take On James Bond

    In bear markets the sexual stereotypes that these icons represent fall from favor as society embraces a greater variety of gender roles and identities. The history of the longest-running film franchise to feature a traditionally male character bears this out.

  • [Article] Women in Politics

    [Article] Women in Politics

    Feminism gains power during corrections.

  • [Article] Negative Mood Themed Films

    [Article] Negative Mood Themed Films

    “Popular Culture and the Stock Market,” identified horror films as manifestations of negative mood trends, so they tend to be most popular during bear markets in stocks. Anecdotal evidence suggested that other genres also rise and fall with the social mood.

  • [Article] Euthanasia

    [Article] Euthanasia

    The debate over euthanasia in the past several decades suggests that negative mood may also raise the public’s tolerance of mercy killing.

  • [Article] Nuclear Tests

    [Article] Nuclear Tests

    For years we have maintained that the detonation of nuclear bombs, while it may stir transient emotions, has no effect on the social mood; rather, social mood determines the penchant for exploding nuclear devices.

  • [Article] Aircraft Accidents

    [Article] Aircraft Accidents

    We postulated that a negative social mood—held by passengers, crew, maintenance workers and pilots alike—would tend to increase the chances for aircraft accidents and that a positive social mood would decrease them. Indeed that is the case.

  • [Article] Natural Sweeteners (Sugars and Syrups)

    [Article] Natural Sweeteners (Sugars and Syrups)

    Commentators perennially ask us, “Could the positive social mood that produced the financial mania since the late 1990s be a product of the popularity of mood-elevating pharmaceutical drugs such as Prozac?” Those familiar with the socionomic hypothesis (that social mood motivates social action) can probably predict our response.

  • [Article] Socionomics and the Sudden Wave of Violence

    [Article] Socionomics and the Sudden Wave of Violence

    The U.S. market has proved to be a reliable forecaster of coming periods of global peace or conflict. Specifically, major declines in the U.S. stock market have forewarned of major international conflicts.

  • [Article] Cultural Trends: Manifestations of a Bear Market Mood in Europe

    [Article] Cultural Trends: Manifestations of a Bear Market Mood in Europe

    With the progress of the bear market in Europe, xenophobia and exclusionism are becoming more pronounced.

  • [Article] Saddam Hussein’s Capture

    [Article] Saddam Hussein’s Capture

    So in the face of abundant evidence to the contrary, why does the media (and much of Wall Street) still embrace the myth that news moves markets?