Adaam Levin-Areddy + Vanessa M. Quirk & Martin Gurri

The CIA Analyst Who Saw It Coming (w/ Martin Gurri)

15 Feb 2021 • 87 min • EN
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Perched from his position as a media analyst at the CIA, Martin Gurri noticed — way before most of us — that change was afoot. Starting in the early 2000s, he noticed the new "tsunami" of information coming our way, and he began to see how it was changing, and would forever change, not just our means of communication, but our concepts of authority and power, and even our societies themselves. In 2014, he put down his reflections in a book — The Revolt of The Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium — which might as well be the Uncertain Things bible.

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On the agenda:

The 20st century vs the tsunami

From Cuba to the CIA

On Authority, Truth, and Utopia

The long march to somewhere

The border infiltrates the center

The sectarian mind and the force of negation

The nuttiness of the Trump years

What we can do

There are no alternatives to liberal democracy

Short-term pessimist, long-term optimist

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