“This is a wondrously thought-provoking book. Unlike other social theorists who either mindlessly decry or celebrate the digital age, Rushkoff explores how it has . Present Shock has ratings and reviews. Megan said: I should like Douglas Rushkoff. I have a feeling that in fact we agree over a great many thi. People spent the twentieth century obsessed with the future. We created technologies that would help connect us faster, gather news, map the planet, and .
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Trivia About Present Shock: Rushkoff has to say, especially about how we can improve and move towards a future we can have time to enjoy with friends we can avoid blindsiding. Selznick” prrsent “Laura Palmer,” popular satirical television shows have, ironically, selected for exactly the audience that won’t get the jokes.
Instead we remain poised and frozen, overwhelmed by an always-on, live-streamed reality that our human bodies and minds can never truly inhabit.
Now, Rushkoff points out, the narrative has collapsed altogether in favor of the reality show. Hardcoverpages.
The book ends up reading like a hyper-linked miscellany of conspicuous media and technology stories. A flow-based economy favours those who actively create value, but disfavours rusykoff who are used to reaping passive rewards landowners, investors.
Jul 20, William Lawrence rated it really liked it Shelves: In many ways, this is probably a virtue.
That is, it points to a space that’s being inadequately mined for solutions. You will know what Rushkofff mean once you have read the book.
Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now by Douglas Rushkoff
But every time I try to read him I fail, and often quit before the piece is even halfway through. The measures we take to stay abreast of each minuscule change to the data stream notifications end up magnifying the relative importance of these blips to the real scheme of things. Refresh and try again. Jan 05, George Slade rated it it was amazing Shelves: And then there is flowing time – the stuff that happens in the moment and then is gone.
I almost never quit books. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Rushkoff examines four facets of life in the digitized twenty-first century. Toffler understood how our knowledge of history helps us put the present in perspective. Rushkoff weaves together seemingly disparate events and trends into a rich, nuanced portrait of how life in the eternal present has affected our biology, behavior, politics, and culture. I found this argument thin and presumptuous.
While the ideas are intriguing, on the whole I found this to be the least developed, and perhaps least convincing, chapter in the book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. At least in the fractal: I enjoyed the short tour of the significance of changing zombie depictions, however the main points of this chapter form the most powerful part of the book: An us and a them.
But the whole framework doesn’t entirely work for me. How to choose an ISP or new camera amid the confusion of emphatic reviews? What I found, though, was just as good. I lost a lot of steam as the book was winding down, although I must admit I was on a vacation where reading was a hard task to complete.
Taking the time to write or read a book on the phenomenon does draw a line in the sand. Columbia University historian Mark Lilla: Lists with This Book.
Worse, the book is painfully full of examples of where Rushkoff himself seems to have only got the gist of something We live in a continuous now enabled by Twitter, email, and a so-called real-time technological shift.
Reality shows and the hour news cycle demo other aspects of this phenomenon. And the dissonance between our digital selves and our analog bodies has thrown us into a new state of anxiety: These pilots then drive to their house to have dinner with the spouse and kids and help with homework. I have seen some fantastic things, most notably people so absorbed on their laptops that they have tumbled down stairs or fallen over second story banisters.
By dividing our attention between our digital extensions, we sacrifice our connection to the truer present in which we are living. In the mean time, I see too many people using technology as a vehicle to aid the well being, education, and mindfulness of others to join Rushkoff on his sanctimonious soapbox. There is no narrative to Present Shock.
What I most appreciated about this book is the many ways in which Rushkoff brings in elements of larger culture although he’s heaviest on corporate prewent. Highly recommended I had to return this book to the library before I could finish it, but I really liked it.
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People spent the twentieth century obsessed with the future. Yet this now is an elusive goal that we can never quite reach.
A line in the sand. And I’m not being purposely obtuse.
Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now
Return to Book Page. I had to return this book to the library before I could finish it, but I really liked it. I would have liked to see this part expanded.