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A Frank Conversation with Jon Ronson

Event 154 Friday 3 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

Authors: Jon Ronson
“By constructing his books so that they start off achingly funny then at a certain juncture become naggingly painful, he does indeed force us to think more deeply about the subject at hand.” – Will Self on Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson’s adventures have taken him from playing keyboards for the enigmatic Frank Sidebottom (which led him to write the screenplay for the film Frank) to friendly conversations with psychopaths, terrifying encounters with modern-day psy-ops agents, and the dubious pleasures of getting to know the extremist groups who rallied around Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. His film career has enjoyed similarly surprising turns, with a new feature film on the way starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, and an enormous monster called Okja.

Expect surprises and some uncomfortable truths about our world in this conversation with a man who has made a career of exploring humanity’s stranger side.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

A Frank Conversation with Jon Ronson

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So You've Been Publicly Shamed: Jon Ronson on Finding Tolerance in an Angry World

Event 54 Saturday 4 March, 6.30pm-7.30pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

“We are defining the boundaries of normality by tearing apart the people outside it.” – Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson’s latest book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, deals with an age-old phenomenon that has gained new life online. What happens when a large group of people turn on an individual in a collective social media attack? In the course of Jon’s research, he met with people who have been subjected to public shaming and examined the deep and personal damage caused.

With an uncanny ability to make disturbing subjects funny without diminishing their seriousness, Ronson has a lot to say on this expression of mob mentality – including his experiences as a shamer and being shamed himself.

Jon Ronson will be in conversation with Sultan Al Qassemi.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

So You've Been Publicly Shamed: Jon Ronson on Finding Tolerance in an Angry World

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Virtual Insanity: Is Technology Changing Who We Are?

Event 15 Friday 3 March, 3pm-4pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

“Ethics change with technology.” – Larry Niven

Technological progress has had an enormous impact on our physical lives, but what is it doing to our minds? This is an area prone to sensationalist reporting, which can obscure real issues about what our relationship with technology reveals about us as individuals and societies.

Sarah Amiri is the Lead Science Investigator of the Emirates Mars Mission and, through her work with UAE universities and international institutions, is a key player in the UAE’s mission to build a knowledge-based society.

Jon Ronson is the author of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, an examination of how the age-old art of shaming has gained global reach thanks to social media.

Keith Stuart has written about video games for 20 years, and has thus been witness to both the growth of a new culture and the emergence of some extreme culture wars.

Ashlee Vance, reporting from Silicon Valley, has made a career of getting inside the heads of people pursuing technological breakthroughs, from infrastructure to artificial intelligence to space travel.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Virtual Insanity: Is Technology Changing Who We Are?

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