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Paul Mason


Thursday, 10 January 2013, 7pm
Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh St, WC1H OXG
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Paul Mason is the economics editor of the BBC’s flagship current affairs program Newsnight. He has covered globalization and social justice stories from locations around the world, including Latin America, Africa and China, has been nominated for an Emmy for his work with BBC World News America, and has twice been nominated for the Orwell Prize for his blog Idle Scrawl. He is the author of Meltdown and Live Working or Die Fighting.

Eighteen months on from the Arab Spring, a year on from the Occupy protests, social unrest continues. Paul Mason explores the roots of the great dissatisfaction among the young and educated and reflects on the way his thesis – that this is an 1848 of the mind, driven by new information networks and horizontal forms of protest – has stood up in the face of attempts to normalise and colonise the protest movements.

He also explores the changing dynamic of the economic crisis that underpins the social unrest, showing how events in Russia and China – countries that have delivered economically to their middle classes – fit into the pattern of disruption and challenge begun in Tahrir Square.

This will be a landmark exposition of Mason’s analysis, incorporating new research and reactions to the original criticisms of his book, “Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions”.




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