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We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Dan Glickman: Well you know, I mean the film industry as a whole has had this remarkable impact on American culture and psyche. It’s spawned an almost . . . everything that we think about America. So that . . . Just look technologically, that has been profound from advances in all the technologies until today. We have video on demand and all the ability for average people to watch our product. This is the one thing . . . this is the great democratizing industry. You don’t have to be rich to enjoy what we do. You go into a theatre and you’re gonna pay $9 or $10. You’re gonna sit there with 300 or 400 people; diverse backgrounds; people you wouldn’t otherwise be friends with necessarily. But for that two hour period of time you’re collectively watching one thing. And I think that’s something you don’t find in virtually any other business. Maybe sports a little bit, but not in the same concentrated fashion that you do in this business.

Recorded on: 7/6/07



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