Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…
"In IT, customers learn about company reputation from many sources: magazine articles, analyst reviews, recommendations from colleagues, awards, certifications, and so on. Of course, this only works if customers have accurate information. **In a reputation economy, companies have a motivation to hide their security problems**." My asterisks.
"Globalization is in the process of eviscerating traditional loyalties. In the 20th Century, loyalty to the nation-state (nationalism, often interwoven with ideology), was supreme. In today's environment, a global marketplace is now the supreme power over the land. It has drained the power of nation-states to control their finances, borders, people, etc. Traditional ideologies and political solutions are in disarray as the fluctuating and often conflicting needs of the global marketplace override all other concerns. As a result, nation-states are finding it increasingly impossible to govern and the political goods they can deliver are being depleted."
Seriously, if you have any enduring interest in the way I think about things, the two minutes it'll take you to read this will sum it up better than a year of following the stuff I link to. What John Robb points out here has long been so painfully obvious to me that I struggle to stay calm when I fail to explain it to people.
Great link-fest round-up thingy from lifehacker.