Has the world become one huge ball of anger? As a follow-up to his book A Bee in the Mouth, Pete Wood examines how ostentatious rage — once the preserve of Americans — is now spreading to Europe and taking over the world in this week’s cover feature.
In our latest View from 22 podcast, Freddy Gray and Fraser Nelson discuss this growing anger, much of it resonating from technology:
‘If you look at internet commenters or trolls, you can see the natural human default position when in front of technology is to be as angry as possible. But only if you are anonymous, the internet has given the cloak of anonymity. If people were forced to give their name they would be more polite. But there is a lot of bile swirling around the internet right now…technology and globalisation have increased this feeling of alienation that the average man on the street feels.’
Milo Yiannopoulos also discusses the ‘astounding’ on-going Natwest/RBS technology crisis as well as the threat of cyber crime. Highlighting some of the articles from our cyber security supplement this week, he discusses the mentality of a new smarter generation of hackers who threaten computer systems worldwide:
‘These are people who are very high up the autistic spectrum; they see the world as a system of challenges and puzzles. Things to be unlocked, vaults to be broken into…this new hacking generation are highly literature and very smart people. These are people, who in normal life, wouldn’t ever consider joining a criminal gang and probably don’t have many friends. But online, there is a mediating space the internet that provides these loose coalitions and the results can be terrifying. ‘
Toby Young and James Forsyth discuss Michael Gove’s latest reforms with exam board reform (the Govelevels), the challenges he faces within the coalition to get his reforms through and his clash with Lord Adonis over sponsored academies. You can listen below with the embedded player or subscribe through iTunes. As ever, we’d love to hear what you think, good or bad.
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