#216 - Shanghai shows us our dystopian future | Curio

#216 - Shanghai shows us our dystopian future

22 mins | May 24, 2022

Today's episode from 24th May 2022. After some of the strictest lockdowns in the world, people in Shanghai have been given a glimmer of hope as some activities look as though they're starting up again. But, as we learn from a reporter new to the city, the past few weeks show us what a dystopian future could look like. Then later, no one's safe from the trap of social media- not even academics. We take a look at how so many are becoming influencers in a bid to stay relevant and employed. The Chinese state media have heralded their strict lockdown as “trailblazing”. But public anger at the government seems to be mounting against the measures as most Shanghai residents are shut in their homes. For The Economist’s 1843 Magazine, Don Weiland reflects on the humorous and horrifying experience. Though academics may disapprove of influencer culture, social media promotion is now a necessary evil. For Salon, Brooke Erin Duffy explores why so many career fields-journalism, health, and even academics are driven by the features of social media culture we associate with influencers. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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