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Dystopian - Show 1245 November 18
Today, SEDGE THOMSON presents an hour with WILLIAM GIBSON.
Renowned for inventing the word "cyberspace," William Gibson's satirical and prescient novels anticipate the human costs of our technology and the rise of the internet.
The proliferation of AI, the hacking by "state actors" of social media to disrupt the elections in the US and the UK and to control "the internet of things," William Gibson imagined long before the reality.
But it's all merged.
It's an hour worth jacking into, live on the radio, or via the Listen Again button to your left.
Power in Chains Show 1244 November 11
Today, SEDGE THOMSON, presents “Power in Chains”
Scotsman ANDRO LINKLATER finds the link between the measuring of America and the rise of democracy, when ownership of property, in John Adams words, generates power. How did all that surveying work give rise to our country. George Washington was a surveyor when the work created our democracy. AMerica was laid out in 22' chains, the size of cricket pitches.
GREG PALAST with his book “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy” created a franchise that keeps on giving for him. His books, films and talks on this subject keep us informed when others try to hide their actions. He looks at the facts, shows them and watches people scurry and hide. He enjoys his work.
It's Sedge's flâneur files with Adventures in Ideas.
Mike Greensill is on hand.