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I just finished a one hour interview with Douglas Rushkoff. It will air in the Philly metro area on May 22, but the podcast will be available by Sunday, May 12. 

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The book is brilliant, covering the way our culture is changing-- with in depth discussion on narrative and story, how the "Hero's Journey" narrative is fading, being replaced by something very different. 
Just as, about 40 years ago, Alvin Toffler's Future Shock described the way our rush into the future was changing and shocking us, 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. 

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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. 
I recommend it highly. It's rare to find a non-fiction book that you stay up late to read. This one does it. 
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Here's a link to the audio podcast:
Present Shock- Interview with Douglas Rushkoff; on Conspiracy theories, Preppers and the end of story

 

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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