The events of 2020 have brought us closer than we could have imagined to the dystopian futures of The Handmaid’s Tale, Mad Max and Brave New World. Academic and commentator Dr Susan Carland is back with a second series, exploring a new range of issues on Monash podcast What Happens Next?
She’ll talk to thought leaders and seek answers to big questions - What does our future look like if we don’t take action? Who’s at the forefront of the fight? Is there anything we can do at an individual level?
In this series we’ll take a closer look at vital issues including:
- Fake news.
- The impact of art.
- Social media and mental health.
- Renewable energy.
Learn from experts, meet the people making a difference and discover how you yourself can help drive change.
Steve Roberts: Imagine living in a time where six men kill themselves every day. And if we thought that's going to happen in 100 years, it seems pretty gross, but it's actually now.
Mark Andrejevic: Originally fake news starts as a critique of news that's considered to be inaccurate. It's become a term that's used now to dismiss any news that you don't like.
Around one in seven Australians has a mental health condition – it's frightening – and they are our most unwell generations that we've had.
Susan Carland: Hi, I'm Dr Susan Carlin and will be back soon with a new Siri's of what happens next. We'll take a deeper look at some of the big issues facing our world, and what happens if we don't change it?
Liam Smith: People don't accept climate science. They find it difficult to understand. Perhaps they don't like the consequences of having to acknowledge the science.
Art plays a really important role in going really deep in ways that other disciplines or other ways of thinking about the world don't. Without that, really. I can't see it surviving for long.
Susan Carland: This season will be looking at fake news and misinformation campaigns, the impact of social media on mental health, the reality of renewable energy, masculinity and the impact of art. If you haven't already checked out the first series, all nine episodes are available for you to binge listen, so make sure you're caught up on all the episodes before the new series drops. I'll catch you next time on what happens next.
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