The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest discoveries.
This week, he tells NPR's Arun Rath about a televangelist on the rise in Singapore, a blog that takes a deeper look at viral news photography and the most surprising trend of the Great Recession.
The New And The Next
Joseph Prince: Televangelism Star
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"Fifty-year-old Joseph Prince [is] the founder of New Creation Church. Today, people watch him and enjoy his sermons in over 200 countries. Many people in America, tens of thousands, regularly tune in and watch him, buy his books and listen to his sermons.
"Joseph Prince is the son of a Sikh priest. Started off life as an IT consultant, and has gone on ... to become one of the most popular ministers in the world."
"In the early 2000s, [Michael Shaw] heard a quote from Karl Rove, George W. Bush's famous strategist, who said, 'Politics is really just TV with the sound turned off.' And that emphasized to him the importance of images.
"It led him to launch this blog, BagNews, where he analyzes important pictures from around the globe — and then, invites a number of experts to debate them, to suggest whether they are misleading, whether they actually broaden our understanding of a point. His work covers a wide range of events and topics and always gets people talking."
"By some estimates, as many as 10 million people were evicted or foreclosed upon during the Great Recession. But [whereas] in past times ... you would see 2, 3, 4, 6 million Americans move not only outside of the local areas, but often across state lines and into new regions. We did not see that in the last Great Recession. ...
"In many ways, it was because of the breadth of the recession. The notion that things were bad not just in one locale, but that they were bad all over. ... The other thing was the cost, frankly, of gearing up for such a move. That many people not only lost their homes, but didn't have resources to bank on, and making that kind of move was much more difficult."