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June 02, 2015
The Happiness Industry: Book Discussion with Will Davies, Greg Lindsay, and Melissa Aronczyk
Bluestockings
June 02, 2015
7.00pm -
Bluestockings
172 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002 United States
Why are we so interested in measuring happiness and how are corporations leveraging big data to control us as workers and consumers?
“In a heady mixture of psychology, economics, sociology, and philosophy, this book reveals the misguided nature of the currently popular intellectual project to make people happier and improve society through 'scientific' understanding - and manipulation - of human beings. With many governments and corporations hell-bent on control promoting it aggressively, this project is increasingly depriving our societies of true social bonds, democratic participation, critical thinking, and even happiness itself. An eye-opening, head-spinning, and mind-expanding book.”– Ha-Joon Chang, University of Cambridge, author of 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism

William Davies is the author of The Happiness Industry and The Limits of Neoliberalism. His writing has appeared in BBC Online, The Daily Beast, New Left Review, Financial Times, and Open Democracy. His website potlatch.typepad.com was featured in the New York Times. He is a Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. 

Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, and speaker. He is a contributing writer for Fast Company, author of the forthcoming book Engineering Serendipity, and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next. He is a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute — where he is director of the Emergent Cities Project — a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and a research affiliate of the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI).

Melissa Aronczyk is the author of Branding the Nation: The Global Business of National Identity and the co-editor of Blowing Up the Brand: Critical Perspectives on Promotional Culture. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University.