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New Canaan Library: Author Talk: Jonathan Taplin, The End Of Reality: How Four Billionaires Are Selling A Fantasy Future of the Metaverse, Mars, and Crypto

Submitted by elmstreetbooks on Thu, 10/05/2023 - 1:00pm

Event Details from New Canaan Library

In The End of Reality¸ Jonathan Taplin provides perceptive insight into the personal backgrounds and cultural power of four billionaires—Peter Thiel, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Marc Andreesen (“The Four”)—and shows how their tech monopolies have brought middle-class wage stagnation, the hollowing out of many American towns, a radical increase in income inequality, and unbounded public acrimony.  The End of Reality is both scathing critique and reform agenda that replaces the warped worldview of “The Four” with a vision of regenerative economics that seeks to build a sustainable society with healthy growth and full employment.

Jonathan Taplin is a public intellectual, writer, film producer, and scholar. He is the director emeritus of the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California and was a professor at the USC Annenberg School from in the field of international communication management and digital media entertainment until 2017. Since his graduation from Princeton University in 1969, his extraordinary journey has put him at the crest of every major cultural wave in the past half century: he was tour manager for Bob Dylan and the Band, producer of major films such as Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets, an executive at Merrill Lynch, creator of the Internet’s first video-on-demand service, and a cultural critic and author writing about technology in the new millennium.

Elm Street Books will be on-site to sell The End of Reality.

Event date: 
Sunday, October 15, 2023 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Event address: 
New Canaan Library
151 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840