“Let’s be more positive”. I hear this refrain almost every day. We should be more positive. More constructive. More optimistic. More inspiring. But all it does is fill me with the urge to visit the nearest animal shelter and eviscerate a whole litter of kittens.
Futur Antérieur, Stroïka’s very own radio show, is back. The concept is still as simple as ever: to make history interact with the contemporary world, searching for echoes of the past while looking out for new ideas. In this 2nd episode, we have invited essayist and economic journalist Guillaume Duval and medieval historian Sylvain Piron, with a nagging question in mind: should economic “science” be put back in its place?
Here comes the 3rd installment of Futur Antérieur, Stroïka’s very own podcast. Our formula is strikingly simple: an historian faces a more contemporary guest on the set. In this episode, David Colon, a researcher at Sciences Po, debates with journalist and philosopher Clara-Doïna Schmelck. So, does propaganda have a bright future ahead of it?
Something isn’t right. The techniques of classical rhetoric are falling out of fashion. In their place, new forms of algorithmic propaganda are imposing themselves at an alarming speed. Is it time to join the resistance?
Futur antérieur is the very first radio show produced by Stroika. Is the future still as futuristic as it once was? Are you a bit lost? So are we. To see things more clearly, we would like to organize a monthly debate between an historian and a modern thinker. For this inaugural episode, we are joined by historiographer François Hartog and futurologist Daniel Kaplan. Past, present and future: a three-beat waltz with a necessary touch of chaos?
Ah, those forward-looking workshops, where we paint a brighter or more appalling picture of the future with an avalanche of sticky notes! All these generic conferences on the future of this or that, on the city of tomorrow, the future of work, or even children’s mobility! Until we can’t take it anymore. Isn’t this kind of projecting into the future taking us away from our present? And even more: does thinking about the future possess any predictive value? We have reasons to doubt it.
This is a serious matter. Every day, the world is getting more and more suffocated by new heaps of corporate bullshit. Cleaning up corporate discourse is a public (mental) health issue.
Stroïka strategic positioning: “zero bullshit”. A few words about Stroïka’s founders. Stroïka is a propaganda agency. Its goal is to put an end to the bullshit that has long colonized corporate discourse. Innovation. Digital. Impact. For Diana Filippova, Antonin Léonard, Arthur De Grave and Edwin Mootoosamy, these buzzwords have long been irretrievably emptied of their …