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Michael Laczynski - Open your eyes and hope for the best

An instruction manual for unsettled times

Mit Haltung durchs Leben. Fundiert, ironisch, witzig.

Economic crises, the success of populist parties, the return of nationalistic reflexes, the rapidly advancing digitalisation of everyday life and work are reason enough for pessimism. Discussions are held in an increasingly aggressive tone, blatantly displayed ignorance rules the virtual and real-world debates. It seems as if everyone has an opinion, but nobody has any idea where the socio-political journey is taking us. All the more welcome is this guide for living in such unsettled times – knowledgeable and well-founded, yet with plenty of humour and irony. This is a book that engagingly addresses the big topics of the present age: populism, fear of downward mobility and pressure to perform, increased harshness of communication, yearning for leadership, anxiety about the future.

Book details

184 pages
format:125 x 205
ISBN: 9783701734412
Release date: 06.03.2018

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Wirtschaftskrise, die Erfolge populistischer Parteien, die Wiederkehr längst überwunden geglaubter nationalistischer Reflexe, die rasant fortschreitende Digitalisierung des Alltags und der Berufswelt geben allen Grund für Pessimismus. Diskussionen werden zusehends aggressiv geführt, offensiv zur Schau gestellte Ignoranz beherrscht die virtuellen und realen Stammtische. Es wirkt, als ob alle eine Meinung hätten, aber niemand eine Ahnung, wohin die gesellschaftspolitische Reise geht. Mit seiner Gebrauchsanweisung für unruhige Zeiten zeigt Michael Laczynski auf, wie man in Zeiten der Fake News und Trolle, angesichts von Abstiegsangst und Leistungsdruck, trotz Verrohung der Kommunikation und Zukunftssorgen Oberwasser behält.

Authors
Michael Laczynski

was born in Warsaw in 1973. He was EU correspondent for the daily paper "Die Presse" in Brussels until March 2017 and is currently based at the "Presse" editorial office in Vienna, from where he reports on European topics. He studied economics and Japanology in Vienna and Tokyo, reported from Japan for "Austria Presse Agentur", co-founded the cultural magazine "Touristen" and was in charge of the Eastern European department of the daily financial paper "Wirtschaftsblatt". In 2015 he was awarded the Europa Staatspreis of the Federal Republic of Austria. His most recent book: "Fürchtet euch und folgt uns" (2017).

Press

Ein überzeugender, ironischer Leitfaden, der zum Abstandnehmen von Populisten verhilft.
[Quelle: KULTURPUNKT]

In gewisser Weise liest sich das Buch wie Niccolo Machiavellis Der Fürst in moderner Form, psychologische Tricks und ihre konkrete Anwendung sind zentrale Inhalte. Der Text ist einfach gehalten, mit Quellen untermauert und sorgt mit ironischen Seitenhieben für manchen Lacher.
[Quelle: TL, 20er]

Originell, witzig und mit intellektueller Schärfe.
[Quelle: DIE PRESSE]

…ein kurzer Rundumschlag über aktuelle Probleme der Zeit. (…) Flott und amüsant, teils ironisch.
[Quelle: Eva-Maria Eberle, EKZ]

Sehr empfehlenswert!
[Quelle: Ilse Hübner, BIBLIOTHEKSNACHRICHTEN]

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