Updated: March 13, 2017
Allow me to state the obvious:
Nobody is ever not surprised.
So: The important follow-up question is, "How often are you surprised?"
A working knowledge of social mood trends really does reduce the element of "surprise" in how you read the news -- and see the world.
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Robert Folsom has covered politics, popular culture, economics and the financial markets for more than 25 years, via print, radio, video and digital content. Robert has served as a writer and editor with Elliott Wave International since 1992. From 2000 to 2007, his 5-day per week blog on elliottwave.com built an investor readership of some 70,000, who read Robert's unique perspective on everything from media follies to mass psychology to under-reported facts about investing.