Public Books 101 takes a scholarly look at a world worth studying. In each mini-series, world-class scholars and writers join our host to examine a single topic from many angles, opening a window into the conversations that experts are having with one another about the urgent issues and problems facing us today.
Season 1 takes on the internet: the vast digital environment that has changed the way we live, work, and form communities. The technology that allows us to conduct more of our lives online brings with it unprecedented data-mining, surveillance, and other concerns. Where did the internet come from? And how might we work to fix its flaws? In this 5-part series, we’ll cover how the internet was built, whose interests it was meant to serve, and what it is doing to individuals, societies, and cultures.
Public Books 101 is a production of Public Books, a magazine of arts, scholarship, and ideas. The magazine is free to read online at www.publicbooks.org, and you can find more information about the podcast, including a reading list designed by our guests, at www.publicbooks.org/podcast.