Wed, 25 February 2015
Wed, 18 February 2015
In this episode I was joined by the charming, intelligent, and fiercely honest Louise O' Neill. Louise is an author and feminist who is currently best known for her prizewinning book 'Only Ever Yours' which is a terrifying examination of the pressure on girls to conform to society's expectations of beauty.
The interview is a whopper at almost 1 1/2 hrs and we covered a load of topics, including:
Louise says in the interview that she expresses herself better in writing than in person but she was a brilliantly warm and engaging conversationalist. Louise won't hear this interview (she never reads or listens to her interviews) but you'll be glad that you did.
Episode notes, links, and further details can be found at www.inspirelandpodcast.com.
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Thu, 5 February 2015
In this episode we talk to Andrew Keen. Keen started life as an internet entrepreneur but is best known for his books that critique the impact the internet has on our culture, politics, and society.
Keen has written 3 books on the subject of the internet;
Many of the criticisms that are currently directed at the internet were first voiced by Keen and given that he is very much an internet insider, working out of Silicon Valley, his warnings must be heeded.
Keen is a vehement critic of what he calls 'Digital Narcissism' and in particular the 'Selfie Culture' which accompanies the hypervisibilty promoted by sites such as facebook. He also rails against the impact this connectiveness has on essential parts of the human experience that are rapidly becoming neglected, things like privacy and solitude.
Keen is a contrarian, encouraging us to check the depth of the water before we jump off the cliff. What's most encouraging about his work is the fact that his manifesto isn't just a list of what's wrong with our attitutes towards the net and our use of it. He also offers direction for how best to use this technology to improve society in the future.
Keen believes that the digital revolution we are experiencing is every bit as monumental as the industrial revolution in the impact it is having on how we operate in the world. He argues that the internet has grown up now and that it's time it started behaving more responsibly.
Enjoy the episode, more details as well as links to Keen's website etc. can be found by visiting www.inspirelandpodcast.com.