Amazon Drones Are Part of Jeff Bezos’s Pre-Lobbying Strategy

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What do Amazon’s new drone delivery program, Elon Musk’s Hyperloop, and Uber’s ice-cream sandwiches have in common? They all look like a kind of blogger-bait vaporware — improbable PR stunts designed to garner lots of attention and make the companies behind them look cool and innovative while getting customers excited about the future. But I don’t think hype is the main point of these exercises. My theory is that these programs are all what you might call “pre-lobbying” — attempts to influence the shape of future regulation by getting consumers excited about a not-yet-totally-legal product. So far, people seem to think that…

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Romania President Won't Sign IMF Memorandum

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romanian President Traian Basescu says he won’t sign a letter of intent and International Monetary Fund memorandum to protest a government decision to hike fuel prices. In November, the government said it would increase 1 liter (0.26 gallon) of fuel by seven eurocents (5 U.S. cents), which […]

Amazon Drones Are Part of Jeff Bezos’s Pre-Lobbying Strategy

admin

What do Amazon’s new drone delivery program, Elon Musk’s Hyperloop, and Uber’s ice-cream sandwiches have in common? They all look like a kind of blogger-bait vaporware — improbable PR stunts designed to garner lots of attention and make the companies behind them look cool and innovative while getting customers excited about the future. But I don’t think hype is the main point of these exercises. My theory is that these programs are all what you might call “pre-lobbying” — attempts to influence the shape of future regulation by getting consumers excited about a not-yet-totally-legal product. So far, people seem to think that…

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Romania President Won't Sign IMF Memorandum

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romanian President Traian Basescu says he won’t sign a letter of intent and International Monetary Fund memorandum to protest a government decision to hike fuel prices. In November, the government said it would increase 1 liter (0.26 gallon) of fuel by seven eurocents (5 U.S. cents), which […]

Amazon Drones Are Part of Jeff Bezos’s Pre-Lobbying Strategy

admin

What do Amazon’s new drone delivery program, Elon Musk’s Hyperloop, and Uber’s ice-cream sandwiches have in common? They all look like a kind of blogger-bait vaporware — improbable PR stunts designed to garner lots of attention and make the companies behind them look cool and innovative while getting customers excited about the future. But I don’t think hype is the main point of these exercises. My theory is that these programs are all what you might call “pre-lobbying” — attempts to influence the shape of future regulation by getting consumers excited about a not-yet-totally-legal product. So far, people seem to think that…

Next Post

Romania President Won't Sign IMF Memorandum

BUCHAREST, Romania — Romanian President Traian Basescu says he won’t sign a letter of intent and International Monetary Fund memorandum to protest a government decision to hike fuel prices. In November, the government said it would increase 1 liter (0.26 gallon) of fuel by seven eurocents (5 U.S. cents), which […]