Emerging market growth slows, Europe's "crisis slang," Brazil's World Cup and Olympics

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-As emerging market growth slows, The Economist explores “The Great Deceleration,” which it sees as “a turning-point for the world economy.”

The Daily Beast examines “America’s Dystopian New Normal” as economic inequality comes to seem “insurmountable.” 

The New York Times spotlights Europe’s “crisis slang,” reporting that economic woes have spawned new lingo, popularized exotic financial terms and given rise to a dark-humored slang.

New York examines economist Robert Gordon’s theory that American prosperity was based on an economic blip too unique to be repeated.

-Brazil’s soaring prices are helping to fuel popular outrage, reports The New York Times. 

-With Brazil’s 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics looming, Ad Age looks at how marketers are prepping for doing business in a nation now marked by protest. 

The Economist says China is undergoing an “anguished debate about contemporary Chinese values.”  

Ad Age takes a look at why Chinese investors are pursuing American brands.

-Fewer Chinese travelers are taking bus tours and focusing trips around shopping, to the detriment of Europe’s luxury brands, per The Wall Street Journal.

WARC reports that Chinese automakers are eyeing international markets thanks to slow domestic sales.

Bloomberg takes a look at the boom in hotel development in Africa, one of our 100 Things to Watch in 2013.

WARC spotlights some tips for brands seeking to do business in Africa, notably not to “rush blindly” into the market.

-Along with self-driving cars, we’ll likely see autonomous trucks, reports The Wall Street Journal, which would significantly impact economies and businesses.

The Economist examines the growing fight against junk food in Latin America and the Caribbean, the developing world’s most overweight region. 

The New York Times takes a look at how food brands are trying to make their products more nutritious without sacrificing flavor. 

The Economist analyzes how British eating habits are changing, and how they’re staying the same.

-Food is playing a starring role in today’s weddings, reports The New York Times. And YPulse writes on “the new wedding gift norms” among Millennials.

MediaPost reports that spending on pets in the U.S. is expected to reach $62 billion this year, per research by Packaged Facts.

NPR spotlights retailers’ use of facial recognition tools.

Hypebeast asks, “Is the Internet Making Us All Dress the Same?”

The Wall Street Journal looks at how a new male-focused e-commerce brand is catering to today’s style-conscious man.

-Showrooming is on the rise in the U.S., according to one study covered by MediaPost.

Adweek reports on the rise of the “branded pop song” as more campaigns center around catchy tunes commissioned by marketers.

The New York Times spotlights what the “audio geek” of the digital age cares about when it comes to high fidelity.

-According to Quartz, “3D printing will explode in 2014, thanks to the expiration of key patents.”

-Comic book publishers are embracing tablets and e-books, reports The New York Times.

-“Favoriting” is coming into favor on Twitter, per The Wall Street Journal.

-Women in Hong Kong are markedly more pessimistic than Taiwanese and Chinese women, according to a study spotlighted by WARC.

-A New York writer examines “Why the Social Media Generation Never Really Breaks Up.”

-Chinese Millennials are embracing “social contact apps” that facilitate hookups, reports The New York Times.

YPulse spotlights the rise of services that facilitate group dates. And The Economist spotlights some “New ways to satisfy primeval passions.”

-“Have we reached peak beard?” asks The Guardian, wondering whether “the era of fashionable facial hair” is winding down.