Connected & Disaffected

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LEGACY PRINT MEDIA HATE THEM! Local tech company discovers one weird trick to gain positive press coverage FAST! We sit down with journalist Alexander Fanta to talk Google's place in the media landscape, how their funding of local news or gran
This week we're all about Tax, and kicking off we speak to Paul Hebden of Tax Justice UK about their recent survey of attitudes to tax in the UK. The results may surprise you. Suitably sprung from all the tax talk, the gang go on to talk Tax
This week the gang are catching up with Ifeoma Ozoma again, to discuss her efforts to introduce legislation in California to address the muzzling of workers who have been pushed out of organisations due to discrimination. Ifeoma previously spo
The gang are talking environmental crisis this week, centred around Rowan's interview with Adrienne Buller of Common Wealth. Her recent paper explored the problems with "ESG" finance, and the issue of relying on private finance more generally
People are FINALLY paying attention to the potential of health data - it just took a global pandemic to make it happen. It's kind of a no-brainer, when you dig into it, but governments apparently needed a push. Rowan interviewed Jess Morley, P
The gang return for the last one of the year, looking back across a year of pandemic, incompetence, and one more Brexit crisis. Ho Ho Ho. Rowan discusses how different countries across Europe and the world have responded to COVID, and how Bri
This week it's an election double-header. First, Warren takes us through a Week In Bullshit on Trumpism: is the USA really so polarised? Will Trump supporters ever swing back to the centre? And how much is the media exaggerating the threat of t
The gang return this week with a special episode devoted the issue of diversity in economics, specifically Black representation and the fields relative silence in the face of upheavals we've seen this summer Rowan talks us through some of the
This week the boys are responding to a listener request, and reviewing Starmer's performance so far. Will he continue Corbynism? Is he Blair Mk.2? Is Labour guaranteed to win under his leadership? Or will he destroy Labour from the inside?
We've spoken about tech platforms failing to police their content several times before, but every so often we like to highlight successful examples. Back at the start of lockdown, we spoke about the amazing work being done at Pinterest to com
We're joined by Michael Hobbes, podcasting brother and journalist for the Huffington Post, for a wide ranging episode centred on his recent article 'S**thole' Countries Have Handled The Coronavirus Better Than The United States. Covered: - Why
It's a social media double-header this week. First, Warren reports back from his adventures in Boomer-populated Facebook political discussion groups and the cesspool of hate he found within. After that we're joined by postdoc researcher of the
Raj and Rowan have watched internet Coronavirus conspiracy theory movie "Plandemic" and we're here to tell you all about it. Join us on a journey through the Coronaverse, taking in HIV vaccines, Ebola, Bill Gates, and why we should be opening
The medical effects of the Coronavirus are already being felt around the world. But the economic effects might be more severe, and felt for long after the medical emergency is over. We take a dive into the effects of the lockdown on the economy
This week we're looking at party politics. Why do so many people feel like parties no longer represent them? Can the current institutions keep up with the modern world, or do we need new ones? To help answer this we speak to Andrea Venzon and
This week is all about health, fake news, and the internet. With the Coronavirus in the headlines we look at how information about the virus has spread and how the Chinese government has reacted. Then it's on to the antivax movement. How has th
It's an interview double header this week as we tackle the topic of social media and its regulation. First, part 2 of our interview with author Richard Seymour, this time focusing on the atomising and radicalising effect of social media and wha
We take a deeper look into the election result with Richard Seymour, author and writer of "Why Labour Lost — And Why We Must Press On" for Jacobin. We discuss what happened, what we can do about it, and why sadness and mourning is a necessary s
It's been a depressing week at C&D headquarters. We review the general election: What happened? Why? Is Britain right wing now? We also discuss what politics looks like outside of election season, and hear from Aline Muylaert of CitizenLab abo
Here we go again. Another election, another chance to weigh up the pros and cons of the major UK parties and bemoan the electoral system for forcing millions of people to settle for their second or third choices. Join us for a (relatively) ev
We regret to inform you that Corbyn has officially nationalized Connected & Disaffected. Everybody is wondering who will be next. Trains? The internet? What's next - the health service!!?1 We debunk some of the hysteria around these announcem
It's general election time once again! Raj is back from the Peoples' Republic, and with Warren they sit down to talk through the strategies of the major parties so far. Many pundits have been complaining for the last two years that politics i
40% of multinational profits are shifted to tax havens each year. Despite the Panama Papers, despite the Occupy movement, despite rising inequality and our annual outrage over Amazon's zero tax burden, we STILL don't talk about tax avoidance n
This week it's Warren and Rowan returning to the subject C&D have successfully avoided for a while - Brexit. Warren reflects on sensationalist media coverage of Parliament undermining trust in parliamentary democracy, while Rowan contrasts wit
This week the gang are looking at the explosion of the Mindfulness Industry, and ask the question - is this simply individualising the stress of modern capitalist society, and seeking to neutralise us in the growing social and political problem
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