Hi everyone! Here are the biggest news stories for August 31, 2018 along with a few of my own thoughts. I also have a fascinating question to ask all of you about the future of the Internet. I hope that you will join the discussion!

What’s Going on in Your World?

President Trump has threatened to pull out of the World Trade Organization (WTO) if it does not address his concerns that the United States is not being treated fairly by the organization. In an interview with Bloomberg, the President said, “If they don’t shape up, I would withdraw from the WTO,” Read more about this story on Bloomberg.

For the first time in its history, Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, will start serving alcoholic beverages. The decision to sell alcohol was linked to a new attraction at the park – Oga’s Cantina at the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Read more about this story on People.

Ogas Cantina Star Wars

 

Photo credit: Disney

Astronauts on the International Space Station are dealing with a potentially dangerous situation today. According to the BBC, the crew of the International Space Station has discovered a small hole that was most likely created by a collision with a small rock. Head of the federal space agency Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, was quoted as saying, “Overnight and in the morning there was an abnormal situation – a pressure drop, an oxygen leak at the station… A micro-fracture was found; most likely it is damage from the outside. The design engineers believe it is the result of a micrometeorite.” Read more about this story on the BBC.

Today’s Good News Story – Happy 69th Birthday Richard Gere!

Richard Gere somehow manages to combine the innocence of a little boy with the charm and charisma of a man who knows how to get what he wants from life. He is also a favorite of the Sixty and Me community.

Now, as he turns 69 on August 31st, let’s wish him a happy birthday and take a look at some of the highlights from his career.

Read more about Richard Gere’s life and wish him a happy birthday, in this article.

Margaret’s Message for the Day – Are We Finally Becoming Desensitized to Advertising?

I was thinking today about the fact that I haven’t clicked on an ad on Facebook in over a year. Actually, maybe it’s been longer.

Maybe it has something to do with my age… I just don’t feel like I need as much stuff anymore. Or, maybe, like so many people, I’ve just become used to seeing ads. Whatever the reason, I am definitely clicking on ads much less.

Of course, as someone who runs a business that relies on advertising, this is both a liberating and scary feeling. On the one hand, it really does seem like many of us have become desensitized to advertising, which probably makes us happier.

On the other hand, I wonder how many of the “free” websites that we use every day will eventually start charging us for their content. Sites like the Washington Post have already gone down this route and I have a feeling that others will be soon to follow.

So, today, I’d love to hear your thoughts on online advertising. Do you ever click on ads that you see on websites? Do you expect websites to start charging you if they can no longer make enough money from ads? Let’s have a chat!

Quote for the Day

“Facts are irrelevant. What matters is what the consumer believes.” – Seth Godin

Community Question for the Day

Do you ever click on ads that you see online? What kinds of ads do you usually click on? Do you think that more websites are going to start charging us as their advertising revenues drop? Are you ok with paying to visit some sites? Let’s have a chat!

Let's Have a Conversation!