The Cyberflâneur #4: Rana Foroohar

After featuring Brian Eno, Hito Steyerl, and Adam Tooze in our earlier editions, we are happy to share this week’s “cyberflâneur” slot with Rana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist and an Associate Editor at the Financial Times. Rana has just published an important and timely critique of Big Tech – “Don’t Be Evil: How Big Tech Betrayed Its Founding Principles – and All of Us” and we are lucky she took time from her busy book tour to do some guest-editing for us. Big Tech, of course, is also to blame for the sad state affairs on the “cybeflânerie” front – a problem that The Syllabus, with its eclectic approach to curation and its erudite guest-editors, hopes to resolve.


The Citizen, the Baker, and the Candlestick Maker: What Democrats Can Learn from the Arts and Crafts and Slow Food Movements | American Political Thought

Rana Foroohar’s comment: “An economy based on pleasure, rather than one based on speed – what an idea! It’s something that we’ll have to move towards as the robots do everything but what it most human.”

Brexit: When Psychology and Politics Clash | Oxford University Blog

Rana Foroohar’s comment: “The simplest explanation for Brexit is that people find security in simplicity and strongmen offer it in an uncertain world.”

How the Student Debt Complex Is Crushing the Next Generation of Americans | Time

Rana Foroohar’s comment: “Student debt is both the biggest longer term headwind to growth in the US, and central to the biggest political fight of our time – Millennials versus Boomers.”

China’s Millennials | London Review of Books

Rana Foroohar’s comment: “They’ll be the world’s largest consumer group soon – better start understanding them.”

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism | UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

Rana Foroohar’s comment: “Shoshanna Zuboff is the Thomas Piketty of surveillance capitalism. This will be part of the canon for anyone who wants to understand what the next age of capitalism is all about.”

The Dirty Secret of Early Modern Capitalism: the Global Reach of the Dutch Arms Trade, Warfare and Mercenaries in the Seventeenth Century | Routledge

Rana Foroohar’s comment: “My husband is writing a book exploring the connections between modern corporations and the military and so I’m now obsessed with anything that covers this terrain.”

The Theft of a Decade. How the Baby Boomers Stole the Millennials’ Economic Future | Public Affairs

Rana Foroohar’s comment: “Wanna understand why we are headed towards a debt jubilee? Read this.”

Rereading Marx in the Age of Digital Capitalism | Pluto Press

Rana Foroohar’s comment: “Marx was onto the whole idea of data as the raw material of a digital age. I want to read this to better understand Glen Weyl’s book Radical Markets.”

Life for the Academic in the Neoliberal University | Routledge

Rana Foroohar’s comment: “The financialization of education and why it’s ultimately a bad thing.”

Hey, Millennials, Take a Gap Year | OZY

Rana Foroohar’s comment: “What I’m telling my 17 year old daughter!”

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