“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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Well, the future’s arrived. But then we actually got there. It’s pseudo-metaphysical in the good way where it’s not laden with a lot of philosophical jargon, and it’s vague, but that’s OK because it’s sort of feeling out new conceptual metaphors.

People spent the twentieth century obsessed with the future. Aug 23, Andrew Ma rated it really liked it. May 14, Drew rated snock it was amazing Shelves: Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Rushkoff offers hope for anyone seeking to transcend the false now.

Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now by Douglas Rushkoff

Remember, this is the first firsthand pseudo-expert you’ve brought in to make a point. Of course, given just a minute of sleuthing, you find that this man isn’t a biochemist, nor a researcher, nor a scientist, nor even a doctor as we might commonly refer to one.

Everything is presented in a very readable way, and the author uses great examples. About Douglas Rushkoff Douglas Rushkoff is a widely known media critic and documentarian. Everything is live, real time, and always on. But shouldn’t a book cut up into syndromes of presentism overwinding, digiphrenia, fractalnoia be fairly precise in its terminology? Jan 06, Bob Gustafson rated it liked it.

May 31, Erika rated it really liked it Shelves: Friday, then 6 a. Simplistic solutions like those offered by the Tea Party are favoured because they are not bogged down with facts. In each case, the problems that he articulated reminded me of other work. Rushkoff points out that in the midst of streams and feeds the Twitter, Facebook and email pings our cell phones deliver are not really the present but continuous notifications of what happened a few minutes ago, something peripheral.


Much, much more at RB: If you’re interested in this book, you may want to check out this interview with the author on the Joe Rogan Experiencewhich I found rather enjoyable. Rushkoff writes about Occupy Wall Street also, but, perhaps because this movement was still so new at the time of publishing that we don’t yet know the outcomes, I found this the most disconnected component of this chapter.

Nov 23, Artak Aleksanyan rated it really liked it. Yet, digital choices are rarely distinguishable in their significance, so we often get pgesent in a sea of unimportant busyness. We strove for an instantaneous network where time and space could be compressed. You will know what I mean once you have read the book.

At least in the fractal: I had to return this book to the library before I could finish it, but I really liked it. View all 4 comments. While I didn’t have any specific sticking points, there were a few overarching issues that made that made this a good book, not a great one. A consistent feature of present shock is narrative collapse: His writing presdnt full of many of couglas tricks of rhetoric – the sentences sound as though they should be persuasive rusukoff but they’re never imple I should like Douglas Rushkoff.

Indeed, the library of congress shelved it under “technology – social aspects” and “technology – philosophy. Communication generates lateral feedback loops and encouraged an extended time horizon. But he quickly works this into a centuries-spanning narrative, making sure always to first personify corporations in order to vilify them properly.

As an aside, it’s not a PhD thesis, so I’m not expecting everything to be from primary sources, but, really, qotd. A word rushkodf warning: But, “meta” shows like Community seem to be aimed at me, because I do know a Goodfellas reference or prezent parody of a narrative trope rushkotf I see one. In a great book, you could expect a few terms that will stick, that will become part of the parlance when we talk about A kind of cross street between past and future avenue. The content of the book is pretty superb as it relates to what he believes present shock rushmoff be, and I loved a lot of the examples he chose to use to convey the feeling.


Perhaps other readers won’t be bothered. Very uneven and be prepared to skip through to the interesting parts if you wish to sustain yourself to the end. Maybe reconnecting with nature means strolling along Clark street without listening to music through headphones. Despite those elements, I do think this book is worth reading and its ideas worth thinking about, whether or not one ultimately agrees with the author.

I rushloff to find the first chapter convincing – regarding the abandonment of narrative in contemporary media film, tv etc. Without long-term goals expressed for us as readily accessible stories, people lose the ability to respond to anything but terror.

And the dissonance between our digital selves and our analog bodies has thrown us into a new state shofk anxiety: What we are doing at any given moment becomes all-important but at the end its behaviorally doomed,flawed,narcissist– it is present shock. The now-rampant effort to impose an interpretation of one set of facts on another dissimilar set of facts.

Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now

These pilots then drive to their house to have dinner with the spouse and kids and help with homework. The whole thing wasn’t sufficiently cohesive. He bemoans the lack of reflection that happens now not just in the press, but, as result, in government tooyet dokglas troubled sjock those prior narratives were usually over-simplified, sometimes plain false, and often abused by someone trying to sell us something whether a commercial product or a war.

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