Cultural critics Hal Niedzviecki and Jim Dwyer share the stage at Word Up to discuss the future . . . and the consequences of living in a society utterly focused on what is going to happen next.
About TREES ON MARS:
In his newest book Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future, Hal Niedzviecki asks how and when we started believing we could and should “create the future.” Through visits to colleges, corporations, tech conferences, factories, and more, he traces the story of how owning the future has become irresistible to us, and asks the crucial questions: Where are we actually heading? How will we get there? And whom may we be leaving behind?
HAL NIEDZVIECKI is the author of three previous books of nonfiction, including The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors and Hello, I’m Special: How Individuality Became the New Conformity. He serves as publisher and fiction editor of Broken Pencil, the seminal indie culture publication that he founded in 1995. Naomi Klein has called Nidzviecki “one of the wisest, funniest and most acute cultural critics writing today.”
About MORE AWESOME THAN MONEY:
New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer’s latest book More Awesome Than Money, Dwyer tells the riveting story of four ambitious NYU undergrads who tried to change the world by taking on Facebook—and were swallowed up by their quest to keep your data safe. Just out now in paperback, the book also provides a clear survey of the debates and ethical questions surrounding internet privacy, and a wake-up call for everyone who tweets, Googles, or signs into Facebook without a second thought.
JIM DWYER is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who writes the “About New York” column for the New York Times. He has written or co-written six books, including 102 Minutes, which spent twelve weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was a finalist for the National Book Award. He lives in New York City. Daily Beast calls More Awesome Than Money “a thrilling read, astoundingly detailed and researched, alternately suspenseful and heartbreaking.”
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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