Tomorrows Versus Yesterdays: Conversations in Defense of the Future

October 31, 2020
Tomorrows Versus Yesterdays: Conversations in Defense of the Future

The current crisis of democracy, the growing economic inequalitybetween rich and poor, our narcissistic social media culture andthe looming menace of AI all threaten us as never before. Thechallenges presented by technology have long been central in theseissues, but how can we take advantage of the opportunities itprovides to shape a better twenty-first century?The most important division of our age is between the'tomorrows', those who believe that the future can be better thanthe past, and the 'yesterdays' who harbor a nostalgic desire toreturn to a rose-tinted past. This division is encapsulated by howwe answer a simple question: can we trust the future?In Tomorrows Versus Yesterdays, Andrew Keen discusses the issuewith some of the most influential thinkers of our time. The book issplit into four sections. The first identifies the challenges ofour digital age. The second focuses on the failure of the internetrevolution to realize its ambitious goals. The third untangles thecomplex relationship between populism and digital media, before thefinal part presents possible solutions to the challenges of ourage. The result is an insightful examination of the most importantissues facing us today, and essential reading for anyone interestedin the impact of the digital revolution.