“At a time when new media and a host of new technologies are reshaping every aspect of life and society, there has been a lack of analyses capable of integrating and critically engaging these new forces. We not only live in an age of constant information flows and technological breakthroughs, but we also inhabit a society in which individual and social agency are under attack. Innovation is stripped from matters of equity and social costs and the results look less like a step forward for humanity than a step backwards into what Bertolt Brecht once called ‘dark times.’ Technologies and their diverse modes of knowledge do not merely overwhelm us, they increasingly erase matters of equity, justice, and social responsibility. What Education in the Creative Economy does brilliantly is to remind us that learning is not merely the precondition for innovation, technological progress, and the over-hyped rise of an information economy, it is also the precondition for imagination, civic courage, and collective struggles that expand and deepen the process of democratization. Education in the Creative Economy is a breakthrough book that critically engages a range of complex issues regarding the brave new world in which new technologies and knowledge production redefine the nature of the present. But it does more. In breathtaking fashion it dresses cogently and with great insight what this new regime of production, consumption, and learning might mean for a future in which democratic values, social justice, and political agency once again matter.”—Henry Giroux.
Research Professor on society, culture, art, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, neuroscience, autopoiesis, self-organization, complexity, systems, networks, rhizomes, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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