What forces are driving the rapid technological developments that shape our world? Well, according to today´s guest, Peter Nowak, it is a very un-holy trinity: the war, porn and fast food industries. In this talk, which was recorded at Gleebooks in Sydney, he brands the internet as ‘military made and porn perfected’ and explains his thesis by looking at how these industries drive technological change.
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Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser is the author of the New York Times bestselling books Fast Food Nation, which helped launch a revolution in how people think about what they eat; Reefer Madness, which probed the flourishing black market of sex, drugs, and cheap labor; and Chew on This, a children’s book about industrial agriculture and the health effects of fast food. He produced the feature film adaptation of Fast Food Nation and the award-winning films Food, Inc. and There Will Be Blood. Command and Control is a lively account of the management of our country’s nuclear arsenal that grapples with the dilemma faced since the dawn of the atomic era: how to deploy a nuclear arsenal without being destroyed by it.
Crisps are greasy. They are oily. Crisps live in an ambient world inside their silvered packets, but always their world meets ours. Why do we need crisps? Is there a logic to crisps? Peter Burnett expounds on the crisps chapter of his moreish "The Supper Book" and offers his research into this amazing foodstuff.
Best-selling author and UC Berkeley journalism professor Michael Pollan examines the food chains that sustain us — industrial food, organic food, alternative food, and food that we forage ourselves — from the original source to the final meal and in the process, develops a definitive account of the American way of eating.