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What Is to Be Done: political engagement and saving the planet

What Is to Be Done: political engagement and saving the planet

A reconceptualised edition of the prescient bestseller, first published in 1982, that alerted the public to the likely impacts of information technologies and the emergence of a post-industrial society.

When Sleepers, Wake! was first released in Australia, it immediately became influential around the world: it was read by Deng Xiaoping and Bill Gates; was published in China, Japan, South Korea, and Sweden; and led to the author being the first Australian minister invited to address a G-7 summit meeting, held in Canada in 1985.

Now its author, the polymath and former politician Barry Jones, turns his attention to what has happened since — especially to work, class, social relationships, and climate in the digital age — and to the challenges faced by increasingly fragile democracies and public institutions.

Jones sees climate change as the greatest problem of our time, especially because political leaders are incapable of dealing with complex, long-term issues of such magnitude. Meanwhile, technologies such as the smartphone and the ubiquity of social media have reinforced the realm of the personal. This has weakened our sense of, or empathy with, ‘the other’, the remote, the unfamiliar, and all but destroyed our sense of community, of being members of broad, inclusive groups.

In the post-truth era, politicians invent ‘facts’ and ignore or deny the obvious, while business and the media are obsessed with marketing and consumption for the short term. Sleepers, Wake! Revisited is a long-awaited update on such challenges of modernity.

Titulo:What Is to Be Done: political engagement and saving the planet
Idioma de edición:English
ISBN:9781913348038
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  • Muzza Mastrol

    I very much recommend this book (BTW, am using my pseudonym here). It is, as one might expect from a person who is a polymath and elected as a Fellow of four of Australia's five learned academies, lea...

  • Rob O'Hearn

    How can Australia be so clever at listening to experts on Covid, but so stupid and deaf to them on climate change? In his seminal book Sleepers, Wake! (1982), Barry Jones argued that our mineral wealt...

  • Hamed

    As someone who doesn't know much about the politics of Australia, I found it very informative. Wide range of topics from the digital world and Trump phenomenon to Climate change and Corona are scholar...

  • Janita

    Perspective! I wasn't expecting to see a new book by Barry Jones, but came across it accidentally in a bookstore. My reaction was immediately that this book must offer perspective, on important matter...

  • Scribe Publications

    Almost four decades ago, Barry Jones foretold the future with his seminal book, Sleepers, Wake! Now, he is back, with new energy and insights. For those wanting to understand the confounding age in wh...

  • Scribe Publications

    Almost four decades ago, Barry Jones foretold the future with his seminal book, Sleepers, Wake! Now, he is back, with new energy and insights. For those wanting to understand the confounding age in wh...

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