Program or Be Programmed

Friday, December 31, 2010

Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist and author of Life Inc. discusses his book, Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age.


Douglas Rushkoff

Comments [3]

rushkoff from New York

Contrabalance: you epitomize the unthinking, callous approach of inexperienced Internet users.

What you need to learn is, first, actually listen to what someone says before you attack it. I am an Internet advocate. The way I'm usually criticized is for being a techno-utopian or media determinist. That's because I say positive things about the net.

I haven't been wrong about the Internet, I've been right. Back in the 1980's when I wrote about the emergence of digital networks, people thought it would never happen. Yet the Internet has developed. Look around you! You are on the net right now! Look back to my 12 books and find where I've been wrong - particularly since I don't make predictions.

The point of my book and my appearance was not to scare Luddites. Quite the contrary, it was an appearance dedicated to promoting more computer use - just better computer use.

My argument is that people should learn programming. And I published this non-moneymaking idea with an independent publisher for no money. And if I do make money on it, it goes to Wikimedia and - two online resources you should check out.

But most importantly, Contrabalance, don't give up on the Internet, on learning, on technology and most of all on yourself. You have the spirit and the spunk of an intelligent person. If you added a little thought and reading (or even just listening) you could become a valuable member of the conversation instead of just an angry trolll.

Jan. 01 2011 08:32 AM
Sean Justice from NYC

Pandering? Perhaps, but not to Luddites -- rather to parents. The commands have been posted above my teenage sons' computers.

As well, as a teacher, I must concur that the depth of the ignorance on the part of the 'digital natives' that I teach is astounding. More worrisome is that they don't seem to care. Ironically, very few of my teaching colleagues want to face this music at all. Programming? Ha. How many times a day do I hear folks chatting about 'turning it all off'....not from a Luddite perspective but rather from the hope of getting back some control they feel they've lost.

Dec. 31 2010 10:56 AM
Contrabalance from Manhattan

Shut up Rushkoff. You've been wrong about everything. Quit your incessant fear-mongering. You know you're just pandering to Luddites to make a buck.

Dec. 31 2010 10:32 AM

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