"I call hyperconnectivity a total social fact, meaning that it leaves no domain of life untouched,” says Rogers Brubaker, a sociologist and author of “Hyperconnectivity and Its Discontents.” He discusses digital life’s transformations of the self, social interactions, culture, economics and politics on the Wider Angle podcast.
While traditional autocrats and their “fear dictatorship” model, prevalent in the 20th century, have not disappeared, some scholars argue that a new type of tyrant arose toward the end of the last millennium. Daniel Treisman joined Riada Asimovic Akyol to talk about the new kind of “spin dictators.”
In this conversation, Mark Vanhoenacker, a commercial airline pilot, writer and author, talks about his unique experiences in different cities, the nuances of traveling as an ordinary traveler or as a job and the effect his career has had on his perception of home.
Grim news continues pouring in after the cataclysmic earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. Turkish academic Soli Ozel joined Riada Asimovic Akyol in a conversation about grief, accumulated traumas, and multitude of future challenges in a republic marking its centennial in 2023.
Karen Cheung, a writer and journalist from Hong Kong, is the author of “The Impossible City: A Hong Kong Memoir.” She joined Riada Asimovic Akyol in a conversation about politics, culture and belonging in contemporary Hong Kong.
Elissa Bassist is an American essayist, author of the memoir “Hysterical,” in which she blends personal and scholarly research in a powerful social commentary on a culture that dismissively labels women as such. She joined Riada Asimovic Akyol on the Wider Angle podcast to unpack the label of "hysterical" women.
“They treat Africans and African countries as if they are sort of these strange species, unnoble people, unnoble communities that exist in a way that is so different and so far away from, you know … the rest of the world. And that obviously isn’t true.”