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One of the smartest—and funniest—chroniclers of the rise of Trump, growing inequality, and Wall Street excess, Matt Taibbi is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, and an award-winning columnist for Rolling Stone. His recent book, Hate, Inc., is a turbocharged take on how the media twists the truth to pit us against each other. In talks, Taibbi paints an alarming portrait of politics, media, and culture, while providing a way forward against our most urgent crises.
In this characteristically turbocharged talk, celebrated Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi draws from the vivid, disturbing realities he explores in his most recent book, Hate, Inc. With his trademark wit and take-no-prisoners stance on the pursuit of the truth, he gives an insider’s guide to the variety of ways today’s mainstream media tells us lies. Part confessional, part cautionary, it reveals how what most people think of as “the news” has effectively become an unhinged wing of the entertainment business—and how we’re all playing into their hands.
In today’s hyper-connected Internet age, the press mastered the art of monetizing anger, distrust, and paranoia. Taibbi, who has spent much of his career covering elections in which this kind of manipulation is at its most egregious, provides a rich taxonomic survey of American political journalism’s dirty tricks. Engaging and up-to-the minute, Taibbi’s talk is an invaluable, refreshing antidote to the hidden poisons of dangerous invective and digital ugliness pushed on us by the very sources we trust to tell us what’s really happening in the world.
Over the last two decades, America has been falling deeper and deeper into a statistical mystery: Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles. Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail. In search of a solution, Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends—growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration—come together, driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty. In this talk, Taibbi takes takes audiences on a galvanizing journey through both sides of our new system of justice—the worlds of the untouchably wealthy and the criminalized poor. Through astonishing—and enraging—accounts of the high-stakes capers of the wealthy and nightmare stories of regular people caught in the Divide’s punishing logic, Taibbi lays bare one of the greatest challenges we face in contemporary American life: surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor, turns a blind eye to the destructive crimes of the wealthy, and implicates us all.
We’re all living under Trump’s presidency. How did we even get here? For months, razor-sharp polemicist Matt Taibbi tracked every step of the historic election that bore us President Trump and his ilk. In this bracing talk based on his book, Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the American Circus, Taibbi illuminates not just what brought us to where we are now, but how we can move forward in the years to come. Deemed “…one of the few journalists in America who speaks truth to power” by Bernie Sanders, Taibbi’s keynote passionately outlines Sanders’s resignation to the ill-fated Clinton campaign. Rebellious, plainspoken, and hilarious, Taibbi’s talk is customizable to your audience’s needs, offering a lucid yet hopeful view of today’s America.