Laugh Your Cry Out with Brad Berens

(Episode 10) Brad Berens and Joey sit down to continue the controversial topic of Safe Spaces on college campuses as Part 2 of the series, Are Safe Spaces Safe? The titled book, The Coddling of the American Mind, How Good Intentions And Bad Ideas Are Setting Up A Generation for Failure, by Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt continues as the topic of debate. Another great conversation between two intellectuals offering different perspectives.

Brad Berens

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Ideas are like gum in the intestines of the university. It just takes a long time for these things to change.”

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In this Episode:

  • The Coddling of the American Mind (continued)

  • Marginalization of communities within universities

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Benefits of a Safe Space within universities

  • Hypersensitivity and Intersectionality

  • What is working within universities

About Brad Berens:

Brad is a futurist and a historian, or “futuristorian,” and this means that he’s a digital strategist, consultant, editor, writer, critic, public speaker and thinker: mostly about media and technology (new and old), how changes in those evolve in a dynamic with behavior and culture (high and low), marketing (traditional and interactive) and how the things that audiences do with what they watch have a huge impact on who they are.

Brad was most recently the Editor in Chief of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and currently acts as a Strategic Advisor for the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future, where Brad leads a handful of exciting projects; he’s also Principal at Big Digital Idea Consulting.

It surprises some people to learn that Brad got his start thinking about media, culture and what audiences do with them as a bona fide Shakespearean scholar and stage historian. With a Ph.D. in English from U.C. At Berkeley, he spent years as a teacher and scholar, giving talks about Shakespeare all over the world. From Shakespeare to the internet can seem like a crazy transition, but when you learn that much of my academic work concerns how Shakespeare invented the modern audience — how he created the way we watch movies, TV and other forms of mass culture today — Brad’s weird career trajectory starts to make a bit more sense. You can see his TEDx talk about Shakespeare as a business genius to get a sense of how his first career and subsequent work slam into each other.

For an even more impressive overview of Brad, you can read his full bio at

TW: @bradberens