Perched from his position as a media analyst at the CIA, Martin Gurri noticed — way before most of us — that change was afoot. Starting in the early 2000s, he noticed the new "tsunami" of information coming our way, and he began to see how it was changing, and would forever change, not just our means of communication, but our concepts of authority and power, and even our societies themselves. In 2014, he put down his reflections in a book — The Revolt of The Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium — which might as well be the Uncertain Things bible.
On the agenda:
The 20st century vs the tsunami
From Cuba to the CIA
On Authority, Truth, and Utopia
The long march to somewhere
The border infiltrates the center
The sectarian mind and the force of negation
The nuttiness of the Trump years
What we can do
There are no alternatives to liberal democracy
Short-term pessimist, long-term optimist
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