Category Archives: main themes of blog

The economics of intellectual property: the problem of valuation

A pretty remarkable contribution from the Wall Street Journal op-ed page today. The subject was the economics of intellectual property, prompted by a coming change to the way the US will measure gross domestic product (GDP). The reason for the … Continue reading

Posted in accounting, advanced capitalism, intangible assets, intellectual property, macro-economics, main themes of blog, prices, qualitative sociology of economics and politics, sociology of business, theoretical drivel | 1 Comment

A second post on the comments around Biernacki’s Reinventing Evidence

In the process of analyzing textual data, when should researchers reconfigure the text into numerical representation? (a) Basically never. Text should be kept “whole.” Textual data are entirely dependent on context. (b) Under certain circumstances. Depends on the research question. … Continue reading

Posted in book reviews, contextualized vs aggregative data, Facebook, intellectual property, Media and knowledge, sociology, Symbolic data, symbolic vs hard data, the database, theoretical drivel, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Facebook monetizes key service

The ability to contact another person whom you’ve never met and doesn’t yet know you: this is a pretty valuable service to provide. How valuable? We shall see. Facebook announced it will start charging a fee for members to send … Continue reading

Posted in Facebook, intangible assets, intellectual property, prices, Symbolic data, the database, theoretical drivel | Leave a comment

A definition of sociology

This post is about a qualitative and quantitative sociology of knowledge, applied to the gathering of intelligence for political and economic actors. Political actors are those motivated primarily by the acquiring of power. Economic actors are those motivated primarily by … Continue reading

Posted in main themes of blog, sociology | Leave a comment

Qualitative data and analysis

I hope to pick the pace back up on this blog. In that spirit I updated the ‘about the blog’ section. This is what I wrote: This blog comments on ‘data’ and ‘analysis’ as intellectual properties in both economic (capital) … Continue reading

Posted in contextualized vs aggregative data, hard data, intellectual property, main themes of blog, Symbolic data, symbolic vs hard data, theoretical drivel | Leave a comment

The Facebook IPO shows…

The performance of the Facebook IPO suggests there is a gap between the cultural understanding of what is valuable and the economic ability to evaluate (or account for) this cultural capital. This gap will be difficult to overcome. The so-called … Continue reading

Posted in accounting, Facebook, intangible assets, intellectual property, prices, the price mechanism | Leave a comment

Is Facebook the biggest tech IPO we will ever see?

James Surowiecki, writing in The New Yorker: [C]ompanies like Facebook don’t really need the money that an I.P.O. raises. Thanks to things like open-source software and cloud computing, the cost of starting and expanding a technology company has fallen dramatically, … Continue reading

Posted in Facebook, intellectual property, money and finance, prices | Leave a comment