Douglas Rushkoff

Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus

Douglas Rushkoff

Talk: Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus

The digital economy has gone wrong. Everybody knows it, but no one knows quite how to fix it, or even how to explain the problem. Workers lose to automation, investors lose to algorithms, musicians lose to power law dynamics, and even tech developers lose their visions to the demands of the startup economy. Douglas Rushkoff argues that it doesn't have to be this way. This isn't the fault of digital technology at all, but the way we are deploying it: instead of building the distributed digital economy these new networks could foster, we are doubling down on the industrial age mandate for growth above all. As Rushkoff will show, this is more the legacy of early corporatism and central currency than a feature of digital technology.

Douglas Rushkoff

Douglas Rushkoff is the bestselling author of Present Shock, as well as a dozen other books on media, technology, and culture, including Program or Be Programmed and Life Inc. Named one of the world’s ten most influential thinkers by MIT, he has made documentaries for PBS and Frontline. He is a professor of media theory and digital economics at Queens College, CUNY.

Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity

In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed media scholar and author Douglas Rushkoff tells us how to combine the best of human nature with the best of modern technology.

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