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New World Same Humans #26 – Audio Edition

New World Same Humans #26 – Audio Edition


Welcome to the podcast version of New World Same Humans, a weekly newsletter on trends, technology, and society by David Mattin.

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We’re living in fractious times. You’ve probably noticed. This week, two thoughts related to that observation.

First, an attempt to take a long view on the 2020 culture wars.

Second, a simple formula that captures the promise consumer societies make to their inhabitants, and the way that promise is now breaking down.

If you prefer to read this week’s instalment, go here for the the text version of New World Same Humans #26.

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Revolution in the head:

1. The open letter to Harper’s Magazine in which 150 eminent authors, journalists and academics complain about a new ‘cancel culture.

Time slips away:

1. An article in Noema magazine says it’s time to haul democracy out of the 19th-century.

2. Google have published a new report on how consumers make purchasing decisions online. TL:DR: they don’t do it rationally.

3. BA have retired their fleet of 747s earlier than expected.

4. An essay by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says time has dissolved during the pandemic.

New patented formula:

1. The UK’s Office for Budget Responsibility says unemployment could rise to 4 million.

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David Mattin sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Consumption.

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