Hello, my name is Asher Moses, I’m 32 and I live in Australia. I was a newspaper, magazine and online journalist from the age of about 13 up until my late 20s, mainly covering technology for a consumer audience.
I spent about 7 years at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers as technology reporter & editor and won numerous awards while there including the Walkley Young Australian Online Journalist of the Year Award in both 2008 and 2011 (you can still find a lot of my SMH journalism here). In 2009 T3 magazine named me in their Top 100 Most Powerful People in Tech. I was a finalist for Best Digital Journalism at the 2012 Walkley Awards.
I left journalism in 2013 to join a consumer telecommunications lobby group before spending 4 years as a top executive in the public relations industry.
Once outside the corporate world I became increasingly uncomfortable with issues like income inequality, post-truth politics, the media failing in its vital role, the failings of so-called “free market” capitalism and a seeming inability of our democratic system to deal with the major issues of our time such as climate change and finite natural resources. It’s clear there are major systemic problems that most people are not aware of but which affect their lives heavily. I wanted to find out in what way the system is broken, whether it is designed to be that way and what can be done to effect change.
The majority are concerned primarily with earning more money so we can buy more stuff. We’re so busy paying off our mortgages and selling most of our time to corporations for a salary that we rarely stop and think. The more we become part of the existing system the more penalties there are for talking outside the lines and thus most people feel like they have no choice but to make the best of a broken system for themselves. Free time is spent with minds switched off watching TV and sport or distracted with unimportant news.
It’s clear that even though technology has developed to a point that would have been unimaginable even a few decades ago, the average person is working harder and is more stressed than ever while basic things like home ownership, once easy to attain on an average single income, become more out of reach.
People are so busy with modern life that they have stopped being active politically, reduced to mere spectators of the political theatre and passive consumers of the products of big business. Suicide rates are up all over the world but when it comes to entertainment we have never had more options. But are we happier?
For many people in the developed world, life feels like it has never been easier however even for the rich numerous very real issues threaten the survival of humanity in the not too distant future. The people in control are wedded to the status quo for a number of reasons and may not be the ones to bear the brunt of the problems, and so we continue to march headlong into the abyss.
Today’s world is extremely complex and busy, while people are highly specialised in their work. This has led to a feeling of powerlessness among the individuals and the sense that the current economic and political systems are forces of nature that cannot be changed. However the current system was set up not too long ago by people no smarter than you or I and it can be changed once it outlives its usefulness.
I believe real change can happen and that the changes we will need to make to thrive as a species will actually make us happier in the long run. But as with any social changes throughout history, these must be fought for over time and cannot happen without the masses being informed and organised.
This blog is my attempt to understand and explain how the world really works, and what needs to be done to ensure our continued prosperity. Can humans survive past this century and even if not, how do we make the best of our position and live the happiest lives while we’re here?