The First 21 Years of the 21st Century

The First 21 Years of the 21st Century

By Paul Golding
US$ 15.00
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Book Description

This book examines from a Jamaican perspective significant local and global events occurring between the year 2000 and early 2021. It explores the new millennium and early digital life starting with the deregulation of the world telecommunications industry, the resultant competition in the Jamaican telecom market, and the phenomenal rise, use, and influence of social media. The emergence of China as a player on the world stage and its impact on Jamaica are also highlighted; also given spotlight are the historic election of Barack Obama as President of the USA and the rise of the far right led by Donald Trump; attention is also drawn to the advent of a more inclusive world and same sex marriages, despite homophobia; the author also looks at the issue of corruption, the controversial extradition of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, and Jamaica’s undisputed status as the World #1 Sprint Nation. Rounding out the topics covered are the COVID-19 pandemic and its massive impact on socio-economic life, elections in Jamaica and the United States in 2020 and their aftermath, racism, and, finally, a gaze into the next 21 years.

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Preface
    • SECTION I:The New Millennium: Early Digital Life
  • 1.
  • Deregulation of Telecommunications
  • 2.
  • Digital Life
  • 3.
  • Social Media
  • 4.
  • Social Media Use in Jamaica
  • 5.
  • Electricity Theft
  • 6.
  • Education Reform, ICT Enabled Growth and Development
    • SECTION II:Social and Economic Changes
  • 7.
  • Population Census and Pensions
  • 8.
  • Homophobia
  • 9.
  • Crime – A Jamaican Curse
  • 10.
  • Corruption
  • 11.
  • The Economy
  • 12.
  • Coming in from the Cold
    • SECTION III:Emerging COVID-19 Era
  • 13.
  • 2016, The Year of the Outliers
  • 14.
  • The National Identification System (NIDS)
  • 15.
  • Pandemic
  • 16.
  • The Other Pandemic
  • 17.
  • Panic and Change
  • 18.
  • Social Media and the Jamaican 2020 Election
  • 19.
  • Siege on the Capitol
  • 20.
  • The Biden Inauguration
  • 21.
  • Covid-19 Vaccine Hoarding by Rich Countries
  • Epilogue
  • References
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