What I’m Reading: September 29th, 2016

  • (1) My brother—Jacob Freeland—and I are blogging on music. We will be sharing new tracks and artists we love, some older throwbacks we love, and both sharing and writing reviews.
  • (2) Last night I blogged on the 2016 Presidential race in the wake of the first debate.  I look at polling, election models, prediction markets, commentary on the race, big data & voter targeting, ground game, #NeverTrump, and more… The image below summerizes the state of the race as of last night (9/28/16).

  • (4) An interesting organization and fraternity’s of sort of those advocating for the optimality of divided government in America. Lots of great links and reading, updated regularly.
  • (5) Cord-cutting seems to be gaining speed.

    “Pay-TV providers could lose nearly $1 billion in revenue as 800,000 customers cut the cord over the next 12 months, according to a new study from the firm cg4. The study, which is based on an online survey of 1,119 U.S. customers, estimates that pay-TV providers lose about $1,248 per cord-cutter annually. That’s because the average cord-cutter saves $104 a month—about 56% of their bill–from dropping cable TV. Some analysts say that if consumers ditch cable TV they could wind up paying even more for the combination of standalone high-speed internet and streaming services. But the study found the opposite — that going without pay TV service yields savings. That’s in part because people tend not to spend much more than $15 on streaming services even after cutting the cord. A “cord-haver” spends about $187 a month on average prior to cutting the cord, including cable TV, phone, internet access and streaming services. Meanwhile, a typical “cord-never” — someone who never had a pay-TV connection — spends about $71 on streaming services and home internet combined, and the average cord-cutter spends $83.”

  • (9) My good friend, Isaac Morehouse, has started a podcast—first episode embedded below. Highly recommmend. His blog is also outstanding.

  • (12) Outstanding and innovative Echelon Institute looks back at the top stories of 2015. See their graphics below:


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