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The 'Selfie Generation'

Our morality used to be tied to our care for others. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks asks leading global thinkers and British sixth form students if the selfie has made us selfish.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks speaks to some of the world's leading thinkers about morality, together with voices from the next generation: groups of British 6th form students.

Traditionally, morality meant altruism, care for others, the world beyond the self. Today's icon, though, is the "selfie," the image of ourselves we present to others by way of smartphones and social media. Rabbi Sacks explores the impact this has had on how we see ourselves and live our lives.

Contributors:
Jean Twenge, Professor of psychology at San Diego State University;
David Brooks, political and social commentator and author;
Students from Graveney School in London and Queens' School in Hertfordshire.

Producer: Dan Tierney
Series Editor: Christine Morgan.

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45 minutes

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Download Morality in the 21st Century

Download Morality in the 21st Century

All the episodes plus extended interviews with Rabbi Sacks's expert witnesses.

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What’s wrong with the iGeneration?

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Five Things I Learned about Morality in the 21st Century

Five Things I Learned about Morality in the 21st Century

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks spells out the lessons of his radio series on modern morality.