Episode #16

How Digital Tech Will Change Our Lives in 2013

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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Doug Rushkoff, author of Program or Be Programmed (Esther Stein/PDF)

New Year's is here, and that means resolutions.

Some of you may aspire to plug in more next year and better manage your social media presence or organize your photos stored in the cloud. On the other hand, some of you may plan to do the exact opposite and tune out, for at least a few minutes a day, and set  limits on when and where you use your tech gadgets.

Whatever your goals this coming year, technology is likely to play a role. In fact, you might be using tech to track how well you're doing with your resolutions.

This week on WNYC's New Tech City, host Manoush Zomorodi speaks with Douglas Rushkoff about how media and the digital age will change the way we live and think in 2013. 

Rushkoff is an authority on the intersection of technology and culture. He’s written 12 bestsellers. His new book, Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, comes out in March.

He argues that digital technology and other 21st-century trends are making it harder to organize around "future-based goals" like building an atomic bomb or landing a man on the moon.

According to Rushkoff, today's challenges are not so easy to put in a box. 

"As we mature as a society, we have to start looking at sustainable models," he says. "And sustainable models of working things out aren't quite so dramatic. They don't have that same sense of mission and endpoint and goal."


Douglas Rushkoff

Hosted by:

Manoush Zomorodi

Produced by:

Wayne Shulmister and Daniel P. Tucker


Charlie Herman

Comments [2]

Michael Villacres from Queens, NY

That time "unplugged" gave me a piece of time to stop, think, and breathe not type, blog, or post. The night we got power back I had come in after going out and everyone was excited. I did not notice the power back because I was expecting another cold night in a candle-lit house. Then as I walk down the block I noticed the lights were on in our neighbor's houses.
Once I walked inside I could see and feel the difference. But I would not abandon the lesson of quiet I had learned so easily. So that night instead of watching the news I ate my dinner and went to bed with my new quiet...and had a good night's sleep.

Time for us to find the time to hit our own "Snooze" buttons in our days and lives.

Jan. 14 2013 01:14 PM
Michael Villacres from Queens, NY

Happy New Year!! When Super-Storm Sandy hit our Queens home it was a shock and then came the real hit for our family. We lost heat, internet, and because we lost electricity. Without power we had to rely on a battery powered radio (no app for that).
But what I got out of the week long experience (thankfully we have heat and power back) was after about two days I made a choice. After clean-up I could either mope around the house or I can use this time "unplugged" wisely. So I got up and, ironically, went to my iPod and MacBook laptop to do the cleaning I had been pushing off for the longest. So I listened to the pod-casts I had been ignoring to listening and got some cleaning done.

Jan. 14 2013 01:13 PM

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