Douglas Rushkoff has, since the early 1990s, been one of the most important writers about the internet, online business and the effect of society. His new book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, looks at how the models that dominate modern business practice are ultimately destructive and need to change.
Douglas joined Donnacha DeLong on Skype from New York to talk about his books and how the world can become a better place.
From the end of the 16th Century until the late 17th, thousands of people from England, Ireland and Scotland – from criminals and street children, to people who fought against Cromwell’s army, we sent into slavery in American and the Caribbean. Many more were hoodwinked or kidnapped into “indentured servitude” that, for most, led to them being worked to death. When these European slaves joined with the new African slaves to rise up against the slave masters, the horrors of perpetual slavery and modern racism were born.
Donnacha DeLong recently gave two talks – one on Rudolf Rocker at the launch of Freedom’s new edition of Anarchism and Anarcho-Syndicalism on 22 March. A week before that, he gave a talk on the history of the Irish in building mass trade unions in the UK at the launch of Irish History Month. This Circled A Show includes a recording of the full Rocker talk, and some of the Irish history talk.
You can hear the rest of the Irish history talk in the video.
In 2011, the Syrian uprising was celebrated as one of the most amazing examples of the uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East. Thousands taking to the street in one of the most repressive countries in the region was unprecedented.
Since then, many on the left have turned against the opposition, focussing on opportunistic Islamist elements rather than the majority. Worse, some have lauded the Assad regime as a bulwark of anti-imperialism.
In this show, Donnacha DeLong talks to two journalists – Bonnie Newman and Ewa Jasiewicz – who have visited the region in the last year about what’s really going on in Syria.
One hundred years ago this month, Dublin society had been ripped apart by one of the worst industrial disputes of the Great Unrest period. Locked out since August, the striking workers were, by December, starving and on the verge of defeat.
Donnacha DeLong speaks to Gary Granville, author of Dublin 1913 Lockout and Legacy, about the situation in Dublin in 1913 and to Marian Larragy, activist and community journalist, about women’s involvement in the strike.
On 26 October, the New Media Industrial Council of the National Union of Journalists and the Media Reform Coalition held a conference on the internet and the law at Goldsmiths, University of London. Two of the speakers, McLibel legend Dave Morris and journalist David Osler recounted their very different experience of libel law.