From the author of The Art of Travel, a thought-provoking presentation looking at the manic and peculiar position that news has achieved in our lives.
Alain de Botton joins Brisbane audiences for one-night only as he discusses his new book The News which mixes snippets of current news with philosophical reflections, blending the timeless with the contemporary, and bringing the wisdom of thousands of years of culture to bear on our contemporary obsessions and neuroses.
What does the news do to our brains, our souls, and our views of one another?
We spend an inordinate amount of time checking on it. It molds how we view reality, we’re increasingly addicted to it on our luminous gadgets, we check it every morning when we wake up and every evening before we sleep—and yet the news has rarely been the focus of an accessible, serious, saleable, book-length study. Until now.
The News ranges across news categories—from politics to murders, from economics to celebrities, from the weather to paparazzi shows—in search of answers to the questions: “What do we want from this?” and “Is it doing us any good?”
After reading de Botton’s The News and enjoying this insightful evening we’ll never look at a celebrity story, the report on a tropical storm, or the sex scandal of a politician in quite the same way again.
Books will be for sale at the event and Alain de Botton will be signing copies.
Where: Lecture Theatre, F509 QUT Kelvin Grove, Victoria Park Rd, Kelvin Grove
Parking: Off Boundary St in F Block carpark