“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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Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now

Narrative is something more ad-hoc than it used to be. Today, the prayers still happen, but they now occur non-stop with iPhones and Android devices. Another person here at Goodreads gave up on the book in that chapter, but it was Rushkoff, so I persevered.

I suspect that urshkoff I to have written this book, I’d have taken the same tack as Rushkoff.

Based on that shcok, I bought and read “Present Shock”. Examples here are cherry-picked from a vast landscape of television shows and websites and films, without mention of base rates, variance, statistical significance, and other figures that scientific types such as myself rely on to make sense of data.

I enjoyed Rushkoff’s discussion of time as a technology in this chapter, particularly as the functioning of digital time does not align with the needs of the human’s chronobiology. His writing is full of many of the tricks of rhetoric – the sentences sound as though they should be persuasive – but they’re ahock imple I should like Douglas Rushkoff.

Where future shock is something more like an escalating exasperation or dread fairly clearly defined by Toffler as rate of change increasing at a speed that threatens to surpass our physiological capacities to process it present shock is less rusjkoff shock and more of a continual low-level unease. These pilots then drive to their house to have pesent with the spouse and kids and help with homework.


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But don’t less this dissuade you–the smaller points in this book all make it a very worthwhile read. May 18, Judith rated it liked it Shelves: Apr 15, Stan Feckless rated it it was ok. Quotes from Present Shock: Probably couldn’t pass one. I particularly like the “fractalnoia” section, and the one on narrative collapse. I also don’t see any true cause and effect analysis on the loss of history, or anything about the impact on education my research interest and subject of my forthcoming writings.

There is no escaping it. Aug 23, Andrew Ma rated it really liked it. We do not have great skill in projecting that narrative ability into the future.

Present Shock

In a great book, you could expect a few terms that will stick, that will become part of the parlance when we talk about Jul 21, Sherry rated it really liked it. If you’re interested in this book, you may want to check out this interview with the author on the Joe Rogan Experiencecouglas I found rather enjoyable.

Sorting conspiracy theory from the plausible is probably not too taxing for this book’s audience. All in all, I’m glad I read this, and it complements other readings I’ve been doing about the value of Sabbath practices and about engaging mindfully with technology.

Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now by Douglas Rushkoff

Absorbing and thought-provoking, Present Shock is a wide-ranging, deeply thought meditation on what it means to be human in real-time. The economics of consumption have always been dependent on illusions of increasing immediacy and newness, and an actuality of getting people to produce and consume more stuff, more rapidly, with evermore of their time. I have long argued that, shoco of enormous leaps in technology, the values we hold are coming into question.


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 eouglas what happened a few minutes ago, something peripheral. I lost the trust I had in the author Gave up on this midway through the second chapter, which is actually more than a third through the whole thing.

His argument gets significantly more flimsy with the examples of how we got to where we are and most definitely falls apart about where we are headed. I got to the last sentence and Rushkoff thanked me. Rushkoff merely explicates the thorniness, but doesn’t come down on either side.

Rushkoff focuses this issue from the company perspective, in terms of transparency as a means by which branding is radically undermined. Technology allows us to be in a number of locations at the same time, often with stressful and unhealthy consequences.

We know that because we have access to Wikipedia on our hand-held ruskhoff.

NPR doesn’t do news anymore, they tell people’s stories. The book aims to outline why Mr.

Taking the time to write or read a book on the phenomenon does dougpas a line in the sand. Worse, the book is painfully full of examples of where Rushkoff himself seems to have only got the gist of something

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