Journalist, broadcaster and author Paul Mason. Photo Antonio Olmos
Journalist, broadcaster and author Paul Mason. Photo Antonio Olmos


07 September 2015

An outspoken, straight-talking journalist and broadcaster, Paul Mason is a timely and relevant voice at The Long Progress Bar this September. Here, Juha, the festival’s curator and Artistic Director at Lighthouse, tells us why he “couldn’t think of a better way to begin Day 1”.

Paul Mason, award-winning economics editor of Channel 4 News and author of the recently published PostCapitalism: A Guide To Our Future, “a guide to our era of seismic economic change, and how we can build a more equal society.” – Penguin.

Whether it was during the financial meltdown in the US in 2007, the Arab Spring in 2011, or the ongoing stand-off between Greece and the Troika, Paul Mason’s emphatic, passionate and connected style of reporting has captivated and inspired many people grappling with what the $$$$ is happening to the world. A man on a mission with a heightened sensitivity to inequality and abuse of power, his books Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed (“Lucid and sharply polemical” – Oliver Kamm, The Times), Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions (“Compact, urgent, present-tense, declarative and addictive” – Andy Beckett, The Guardian) and now PostCapitalism: A Guide To Our Future have been praised and criticised by some of the smartest people on the planet.

“New forms of ownership, new forms of lending, new legal contracts: a whole business subculture has emerged over the past 10 years, which the media has dubbed the ‘sharing economy’. Buzzwords such as the ‘commons’ and ‘peer-production’ are thrown around, but few have bothered to ask what this development means for capitalism itself.” – Paul Mason, The Guardian, The end of capitalism has begun

In his talk, Paul will articulate how information technologies, new ways of working and the sharing economy have moved us into the postcapitalist era. I couldn’t think of a better way to begin Day 1.


Also Introducing… Jam City (UK) / Guy Standing (UK) / Metahaven (NL) / Lars TCF Holdhus (NO) / Zach Blas (US) / Mat Dryhurst (USA) / Kei Kreutler (US)/ David Blandy (UK) / Katrina Burch/Yoneda Lemma (FR) / Diann Bauer (US) / Benedict Singleton (UK) / plus reportage from (g)host Warren Ellis (UK).

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The Long Progress Bar is part of Brighton Digital Festival 2015, a celebration of international digital culture across the city of Brighton & Hove throughout September.



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