The Oracle (“-a satirical look into the future”-), with Max Keiser, on BBC World News.
I have just watched the first edition of this TV show.
- There is no mention of collective intelligence and prediction markets, alas.
- The format of the show is very well thought out. It is a winner. There is an intro with videos or charts, some cheap talks with the guests, and then “-The Oracle”- (a semi sphere at the center of the TV studio) beams out wildly and delivers a prediction, which the guests are invited to comment on.
- Max Keiser is almost awesome and Stacy Herbert (the co-host) is authoritative enough.
- It is infotainment —-think of Max Keiser as the Michael Moore of Wall Street.
- It is leftist —-that, you already knew.
- It is funny. The segment where Max Keiser impersonates Colin Powell at the United Nations is hilarious —-in the new UN speech, Saddam Hussein is replaced by the bankers, and the WMDs are the financial derivatives. A must see.
- The guests for the first edition were Jacques Attali, who is a French fraud (along with Bernard-Henri Levy and Alain Minc) in my view, and a British actress known only to her family and friends. They were not stellar, but good enough.
- Next week, Nigel Eccles of HubDub will be a guest, I have been told.
- Max Keiser has a future in the televised infotainment industry.
UPDATE: Episode One