Douglas Rushkoff on Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now


The always-on, simultaneous society in which we have found ourselves has altered our relationship to culture, media, news, politics, economics, and power. We are living in a digital temporal landscape, but instead of exploiting its asynchronous biases, we are misguidedly attempting to extend the time-is-money agenda of the Industrial Age into the current era. The result is a disorienting and dehumanizing mess, where the zombie apocalypse is more comforting to imagine than more of the same. It needn’t be this way.

Douglas Rushkoff — teacher, documentarian, journalist, and author — discusses insights from his recent book Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now with David Weinberger and a live audience at Harvard.

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1 Comment »

  1. Debbie Bannister

    July 5, 2013 @ 8:37 am


    I agree that we are becoming dehumanized. People just don’t care anymore. Families are more broken now than ever before and the focus is more on individual self than the whole. I will have to check out this book.

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