The Facebook ATTACK network game: a "thesis"
It's my "thesis" that companies that do well in the future do it by choosing carefully where it enters.
The emergence of China and India is re-storing balance to the overall economy to it's old equilibrium where China and India control 40% of the global economy. This also means that cost pressure will be on for several years to come and US/Euro companies will have limited resources due to moderated cost control which in effect means that the companies have to selective in the approach.
If you have played the game RISK (or ATTACK on Facebook) you would know that your odds of winning is much better when you concentrate your armies into single countries. I think this game is a good basis for strategic thinking in the future.
So here's the "thesis" I think the time spent on the internet by generations of younger people will eventually have a lasting effect on their thinking. There is no longer the need to delibrately hook up with friends when you have the global availability of humans all over the world waiting to play a network game with you.
The effect of network games as they get more popular may inherently shape the thinking where strategies of the future are implied upon the experiences and time expanded in the past.
It is put it to you that the internet has had major role to play in politics and elections. The effects are becoming more validated. The US democratic nomination seems to validate the significant effect of the internet. Governments which are used to having influence over their newspaper publications may not be able to enjoy that luxury with the legions of bloggers and free-minded newpapers publishing their opinions. The playground certainly is not the same anymore.
Will truth lose it's significance with the multitude of opinions? The lasting effects may be embedded into the human history and evolve to something which may be beyond the limits of my imagination.
However, I venture that the conclusion may be a more individualized approach. Human communication may be or does seem to be already is a "special" skill with the growing use of emails. It would be a interesting to learn and evolve as we go along.