We need to be aware of the cracks appearing in the foundation of democracy – the rise of extreme political groups (DeSimone, 2019), of the escalated digital surveillance (Malik, 2019), and the increasingly cavalier everyday censorship we know as digital algorithms. Parrhesia, and the absolutely necessary steps democratic education must in order to save democracy, will be argued for in this essay.
I would have loved to write with the Lost Generation in the streets of Montmartre, or work like all the President's men. There's something about that vintage feel that makes me look at the past through a romanticized sepia lens. What is the fascination with the Roaring Twenties and, more urgently, why is it important that we understand this fascination?
When surfing online we should always ask ourselves: what is real? Finding sources and context for content can be hard bordering on impossible. Our immediate surroundings still give a us a hint on why content looks the way it does.
On many planes of communication and social interaction, we've opened a discussion that welcomes challenging views on our reality and society. While this discussion might happen at the cost of a few men's ego, reputation and wealth, there is a lot more at stake.
Plastic waste is a huge issue we've only began talking about recently. Is the discussion a symptom of greater change in favor of environmental issues, or is it a quick fix so we can move on to the next item on the agenda?