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Each episode is in the form of an open conversation between Hobson and a guest. They reflect on big themes related to politics, ethics and the conditions we collectively find ourselves in. It builds on Hobson’s writing through his Substack newsletter, ‘Imperfect Notes on an Imperfect World’.
To begin with, the podcast focuses mainly on examining the relationship between society and technology, recognising the profound ways that digital technologies are now reshaping our lives and our world. To kick off the podcast series, Hobson interviewed David Cayley, a Canadian broadcaster and writer known for his work on ‘Ideas’, where he produced long-form radio shows with many leading scholars and thinkers.
The ‘Imperfect World’ podcast is now available on most platforms. You can listen and subscribe to the podcast here.
Hobson explains, ‘The grant from the Toshiba Foundation was originally meant for organising an in-person workshop, but this became impossible because of the pandemic. However, this turned from a curse into a blessing as it encouraged me to think about different ways of connecting with others and presenting my work. Doing this podcast series is a way of sharing my experience of thinking through how to make sense of the contemporary moment. I strongly believe that a vital part of that is becoming more aware of how technologies shape how we experience the world and interact with each other.’
Dr Christopher Hobson is an academic and course convenor of the dual-degree Bachelor of Asia Pacific Affairs program, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.