Inter-generational conflict and moral panic

Posted in affluence, politics by thenextwavefutures on 28 August, 2011

I’m still working on a post which tries to explore some of the political science of the recent English riots, but in the meantime I’m struck by the wave of commentary on the riots which positions them as an inter-generational issue. I touched on this in my last post, but only briefly.

And perhaps it’s not surprising that it has taken a little longer to emerge. The older generation, who are generally more blind to this issue (what? us? inter-generational beneficiaries?) include the politicians and media commentators who have more privileged access to the media and were therefore able to construct their preferred narratives more quickly.



Notes on the riots

Posted in economics, politics by thenextwavefutures on 20 August, 2011

There’s still commentary coming out on the riots and their aftermath almost faster than I can read it and reflect on it, but in the next two posts I’m going to try to pull together some of the better commentary on the English riots last week. The first post will look at the immediate circumstances of the riots, and the second one at some of the wider contexts.



Posted in Blog administration by thenextwavefutures on 15 August, 2011

I posted the sketch notes for my ‘riots’ post by mistake on Saturday morning – I was momentarily distracted and managed to hit the ‘Publish’ button instead of the ‘Save Drafts’. And the second I do that, WordPress’ email delivery system kicks in, without even an ‘Are you sure?’ to cause a pause for thought. I’m sure there are some UI issues there for WordPress, but apologies to email readers for inflicting such a hazy set of notes on you.

Normal service – and a properly crafted post, currently buried in a private folder – will follow shortly.


The picture is from Freelance Folder, and is used with thanks.



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