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The power of negative thinking - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The Politics of Public Things - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Professor Bonnie Honig opens the 2013 Thinking Out Loud lecture series and asks whether democracy can survive the neoliberal demand to privatise public things?
In the first of three talks she discusses Donald Winnicott’s notion of transitional objects, the role it plays in childhood development and what it might mean for society. She also draws on the work of the highly influential political philosopher Hannah Arendt and by way of a few real world examples she describes how Hurricane Sandy forced people to remember and embrace “old world” public goods like pay phones ….and there’s reference to Big Bird from Sesame street which she contends has come to symbolise a world where the few remaining public objects are constantly under threat.
Highlights of The Politics of Public Things: Neoliberalism and the Routine of Privatisation, presented by RN’s The Philosopher’s Zone and The Philosophy Research Initiative of the University of Western Sydney. April 2013
Professor Bonnie Honig, Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University and senior research professor at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago.
Dr Charles Barbour, School-based Member of the Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy and a Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of Western Sydney
Is Australia producing too many PhD graduates?
What does our technology future look like? - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
When it comes to information technology the only constant is change. In 1998 70% of the world’s internet users were from the United States but by 2010 it was only 17% and falling. Genevieve Bell follows technology trends closely and says the world is being fundamentally remapped and that women between 40 and 60 years are the crucial group that help shape the future. Rather than tech obsessed teenagers it’s this group of women who are not only the lead adopters and users of new technology but they’re also doing most of the surfing, texting, skyping and social networking.
Free thinker Gunter Pauli takes green and sustainable practices a step further and outlines his vision for a Blue economy. It’s an approach that draws heavily on both natural systems and the market place. The starting point, says Pauli, is to use what you’ve got then apply a bit of creative thinking and build on it with smart, appropriate technology. His goal is to achieve multiple benefits, create jobs and add value to underperforming assets. All with zero emissions and zero waste.
Gunter Pauli is an idealist but he’s no dreamer. He’s established a number of innovative companies and organisations that put these ideas into practice. In this talk he discusses the philosophy that underpins the blue economy and provides concrete examples of how and where these ideas have been successfully applied.
Highlights from Progress on the Blue Economy, new economics and learning for sustainability, Sydney Ideas 3 April 2012.
Facebook has more than 845 million active users per month and the number is growing steadily. But is Facebook really your friend? Critics say it destroys the notion of privacy and devalues friendship. But Facebook fans see the social networking site as a tool that enhances life and creates a true global village. Coming up on Big Ideas: an Intelligence Squared debate from the UK.
Has the internet lived up to its expectations? While it has effected some significant changes in the way we communicate, the transformations that were predicted just haven’t occurred. The internet has not, for example, promoted global understanding, empowered the powerless, caused the fall of dictators or generated a renaissance of journalism. So why haven’t the predictions met the reality?
Professor James Curran, Director of the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre, University of London
Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney (http://www.uws.edu.au/centre_for_cultural_research/ccr)
Professor James Curran (http://www.gold.ac.uk/media-communications/staff/curran/)
In the first of a series of philosophy podcasts, Benjamen Walker and guests discuss the communication theorist Marshall McLuhan and his most famous line "The medium is the message."
The writing of the Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this Thursday, has entered popular jargon like that of few other modern intellectuals. Is there another line that has been quoted – and misquoted – as enthusiastically as ‘the medium is the message’? McLuhan, of course, was perfectly aware of his status as the thinker du jour of the media age, the man everyone liked to quote over dinner but hadn’t bothered to read – for proof, just watch Annie Hall.
But what does "the medium is the message" really mean? In the first episode of our new The Big Ideas series, Benjamen Walker gets to the bottom of the slogan with the help of Canadian novelist and McLuhan-biographer Douglas Coupland, academic Lance Strate, Marshal’s son Eric McLuhan, record producer John Simon, and the Guardian’s media correspondent Jemima Kiss.
Harvard University Psychology professor, Steven Pinker delivers a lecture on the modern denial of human nature with a specific focus on his 2003 book The Blank Slate.
Darryl Davies from the Sociology and Anthropology department at Carleton University in Ottawa delivers his competition lecture entitled "Explaining Crime".
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