Aleks Krotoski discusses her new book about how the web has turned our social and family lives inside-out, and what it has done to our privacy and our concept of celebrity
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Gilles Peterson explains how his latest release of Cuban music came about, reviews of tracks by Drake, Sharon Van Etten and Porcelain Raft. Finally, Alex Macpherson gives his guide to the best from R&B.
This week’s Music Weekly interviewee is Gilles Peterson, who spoke to Ben Beaumont-Thomas just before it was announced he is to leave Radio 1. He discusses his new CD: ‘Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura: The Search Continues’ - and explains what Cuban nightlife is like, how he finds Cuban artists and tracks, and he also summarises the present state of World Music.
Then Alexis, Ben and Ruth Barnes review new tracks - a version of Drake’s ‘Take Care’ - ‘Chop Care’, ‘Serpents’ by Sharon Van Etten and Porcelain Raft’s ‘Put Me To Sleep’.
Finally, Alex Macpherson selects some top R&B tracks that you might not have caught yet.
Guardian Focus podcast: England’s riots and the prospect of a lost generation | World news | guardian.co.uk
Only half of those who took part in the summer riots said they felt a part of British society. We hear from five young Londoners on how they see their futures and their place in society
In August of this year riots erupted in some of England’s major cities. David Cameron announced he was recalling parliament but he resisted calls for a full inquiry. He said that the disturbances were simply a case of criminal looting.
This week the Guardian revealed its own study, Reading the Riots, in collaboration with the London School of Economics. One of the findings was that only half of the rioters surveyed felt they were part of British society.
In this week’s Focus podcast, Hugh Muir explores if this view is shared by other young people. He speaks to five Londoners, none of whom were involving in the rioting, although all were touched by it.
How did they view the riots? How do they view their futures? Do they feel they are part of a lost generation?
Jemima Kiss examines plans for a digital public space with the British Library, the Royal Opera House and the BBC.
How can we preserve analogue culture in a digital world? Could something allow us to view, research & remix cultural items? Jemima Kiss examines plans for a digital public space – a part of the internet that could grant worldwide access and create links between museums, archives and libraries.
Jemima talks to Richard Ranft of the British Library and Francesca Franchi of the Royal Opera House about the items and artefacts from their archives that a digital public space could open up to the public, and how the reach of both organisations can be dramatically extended to a worldwide audience.
Bill Thompson, head of partnerships at the BBC’s archive (but also of the Digital Planet and Click programmes) explains how the corporation could help build what is needed, and how it could work.
And Jill Cousins of europeana.eu discusses how similar project that is funded by the European Commission works, and how it has now developed into a full service.
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.