Douglas Rushkoff's book, Present Shock offers a guide an explanations to the ways that the new technologies and media have drastically changed the way we relate with time, narrative, story, multitasking, relating to others, work and a lot more. He describes Presentism, Presentists, Fractalnoia and some ways of understanding our changing culture that are eye-openingly useful.
It discussed how we are developing a different relationship to time and to our experience of the world-- how digital distractions and interruptions have affected the way we go into the world... and it discusses how to protect ourselves.
it discusses conspiracy theories, how the fractal and connected nature of the web produces Fractalnoia-- a state that makes us willing to accept all kinds of theories.
While this book is a book that makes you think, it also provides ideas that are very practical and applicable to business, to writing, to running websites and even relationships.
Douglas Rushkoff bio (from wikipedia):
Is an American media theorist, writer, columnist, lecturer, graphic novelist and documentarian. He is best known for his association with the early cyberpunkculture, and his advocacy of open source solutions to social problems.
Rushkoff is most frequently regarded as a media theorist, and known for coining terms and concepts including viral media (or media virus), digital native, and social currency.
He has written ten books on media, technology, and culture. He wrote the first syndicated column on cyberculture for The New York Times Syndicate, as well as regular columns for The Guardian of London, Arthur, Discover, and the online magazines Daily Beast, TheFeature.com and meeting industry magazine One+.
Rushkoff currently teaches in the Media Studies department at The New School University in Manhattan.
Very rough interview notes-- mostly my questions.
The interview was recorded May 10, 2013, will be broadcast May 22.
a transcript will be available soon. But these notes are aimed at tantalizing you into listening to the audio podcast.
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