The Illusion of Choice [infographic]

June 15, 2012 |  by  |  Business, Mind-Blowing  |  9 Comments
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It seems like in today’s world there are fewer and fewer people making choices for the greater good. What I mean to say is that everything in our world seems to be able to be consolidated. The media of course is no exception to this trend with only 6 major companies dictating about 90% of the media we have access to. In less than 30 years the number of companies providing us with our media has dropped from 50 to just 6. The six companies consisting of GE, New-corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS. If your wondering who owns the major networks its CBS of course, GE owns NBC, News-corp owns fox, and Disney owns ABC.

A reason for concern is the gross misrepresentation have so few companies controlling so much causes. According to today’s infogaphic Media Consolidaiton: The Illusion of Choice there is one media executive to every 850,000 subscribers. It’s kind of like representative government except you don’t get to choose who represents you and there is no better option.

If the free market had truly decided who was the winner and loser I would have no problem with there just being six companies running our media. However the path to success for these companies was not so honorable. Some of these companies even though they’re some of the most profitable in the world don’t even end up paying taxes. Crazy how the average citizen who probably only makes enough to get by has to pay more proportionately than one of these powerhouses. [via]

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Video Games: Digital vs Retail Sales [infographic]

June 15, 2012 |  by  |  Gaming  |  No Comments
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Everything is going digital now-a-days. If its Netflix, Steam, iTunes, or the Kindle store – they all are extremely rapid growing segments of their respective markets. Ever since we figured out the internet could replace the neighborhood Best Buy, any brick and mortar outlet has felt the effects of digital distribution.

Video Games are perfect for digital sales. Instead of waiting at midnight in a few hundred foot long line for hours just to play the new Halo a little bit before everyone else, I can go to my living room at midnight and instantly download whatever just came out. There’s less hassel, less packaging, and sometimes insane discounts.

Valve’s digital store Steam has been around for quite some time and has made Valve a hefty sum of cash. They don’t seem to follow the video game pricing rules though. First off, they give away their most popular game. Who does that? Who thought that giving away their most played game for free would be a good idea, but it was!

The video game business is changing, and I think for the better. Soon a new release will be priced depending on how good the game was, not on how recently it was released. [Via]

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Running Style and Your Shoes [infographic]

June 14, 2012 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle  |  6 Comments
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I am currently on a quest for an amazing running shoe; A shoe that will last as I clock in the miles. I’ve finally recovered from a meniscus tear and plan to reward myself with an amazing pair of running shoes so I can hit the miles hard. It’s crazy that a great pair of running shoes can make the difference in your performance. I’ve been a devoted customer to Saucony since my freshman year of high school. I’ve only had great experiences with their shoes regardless of the shoe model in terms of my running style. But this time, I want to get fitted for a shoe that is made for my personal running style.

Thankfully, I won’t have to make that trip to a fancy running store. Today’s infographic provides me with all the knowledge I need when looking for a running shoe that fits my needs. I am personally an under-pronater with high arches who runs on roads. What kind of running style are you? [via]

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Books to Read This Summer [infographic]

June 13, 2012 |  by  |  Entertainment, Recreation  |  4 Comments
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With spring coming to a close, it’s time to refine your summer reading list! If you find yourself outside the phenomena that is “The Hunger Games”, but still enjoy a good read from time to time, this list below is a must read.

As  an avid reader and English major, I was very happy with the novels selected for this list. My first recommendation would have to be “The Great Gatsby”. Not only being my favorite book at this stage of my life, it’s another book to be getting a Hollywood makeover. And it’s always cool to be the guy who scoffs at dissimilarities between the movie and novel throughout the entire film.

Covering topics ranging as far as a family in captivity to basic human survival and struggle, completion of this list guarantees far fewer dull moments this summer. Leave us a comment below of the best page turner money can buy. Make me proud. [Via]

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The high price for obesity [infographic]

June 12, 2012 |  by  |  Food, Health, Lifestyle  |  4 Comments
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Obesity is a large problem in America, encompassing over 1/3 of adults in the USA. These staggering numbers reveal an overall health problem, and contribute to high medical costs. Obesity is, at it’s core, an individual problem. Individuals should actively seek solutions to minimize their weight gain, including a healthy, well balanced diet and adequate exercise. Obesity is detrimental to individual health and self esteem. In addition to grave personal effects, the high medical costs affect both the individual, employer and insurance provider.

Growing bellies lead to growing risks of cancers, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, all leading causes of death. The medical bills associated with these high price-tag diseases, among many other medical complications associated with obesity, total to $147 billion and employers wind up with a 73.1 billion dollar bill. Employers must begin implimenting healthy living tips, offer gym memberships or cater healthy meals.

Do you work in an office that promotes healthy living? As an intern at LIVESTRONG, I am exposed to health at every corner. Our office environment promotes health and exercise, a practice I feel more workplaces should implement. [Via]

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