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Shocked by the Now

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Douglas Rushkoff, media thinker and author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, joins to discuss his new book and the idea that we no longer plan for the future, but instead spend our time grappling with the immediate.

 

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Comments [19]

Can't wait to actually hear this (need the feed on the website, I don't actually have a radio around, ironic?). Also can't wait to hear this guy speak tomorrow night. I think he can really see a lot of what's coming and what effect it's going to have on all of us. We need more smart people looking at this, lord knows the tech press is lagging in all areas.

If you're reading this David( and for your ego's sake, I hope you're not), thanks for your work with Codecademy.com. That site is really one of the best things on the internet, now we just need to get it translated to other languages.

Also, Brian Lehrer is one of the few people on this planet that I can agree with most of what comes out of his mouth, but I cannot stand the sound of his voice (maybe that one's ironic.)

Mar. 20 2013 11:20 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

@Tony - I agree. I miss old bookstores (but we have some here in BK) and I really miss record stores. I still buy compact disks for my music, but it's mostly from Amazon :(

Mar. 20 2013 11:17 AM
Tony from Canarsie

Call me old-fashioned, but I miss the days when you had to search for years through musty dusty bookstores for the one particular find. Now you have to search the hinterlands just to find a dusty bookstore.

Mar. 20 2013 11:12 AM
Mike from Tribeca

When did people who study marketing start calling themselves "media thinkers"?

Mar. 20 2013 11:07 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

This book seems redundant. How many pages is it? How large is the type? It's probably written like a blog post. Snooze. Go read Lapham's Quarterly for high-quality, curated material about the 'now'.

Mar. 20 2013 11:05 AM
Mark from Delaware

I get more nausea from yet another guy trying to monetize digital anxiety.

Code Academy, Video on Demand, and Smartphones are all good things and reasons we're living in a sort of golden age.

Expect to hear from this guy again when Google Glass rolls out.

Mar. 20 2013 11:04 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

If you still have a FB account, then you're probably a fool. I truly believe this. FB is nothing more than a surveillance program for marketers and the world governments. Can't wait to see all the class-action lawsuits when FB starts selling user info enmass and we see images and personal data used in all kinds of destructive ways.

Mar. 20 2013 11:02 AM
Tony from Canarsie

In the brave new world, we're not all going to have to say things like "linear participation" are we?

Mar. 20 2013 11:01 AM
foodaggro from Brooklyn

Did he really just say "SCREENAGERS??" (painful eye roll)

Mar. 20 2013 10:59 AM
Andres from Long Island

YES! I quit facebook two months ago and I feel great! I was tired of having 300 people posting junk, and me wasting my time reading it... I found a solution: Quit, and open a new account, without any friends! Boring? At first, and then I started liking WNYC, PBS, Frontline, WBAI, and all of my favorite shows that have a page on facebook. Now I get newsfeeds from those sites, and I have so much fun reading interesting news feeds all the time...

Mar. 20 2013 10:58 AM
Andres from Long Island

YES! I quit facebook two months ago and I feel great! I was tired of having 300 people posting junk, and me wasting my time reading it... I found a solution: Quit, and open a new account, without any friends! Boring? At first, and then I started liking WNYC, PBS, Frontline, WBAI, and all of my favorite shows that have a page on facebook. Now I get newsfeeds from those sites, and I have so much fun reading interesting news feeds all the time...

Mar. 20 2013 10:58 AM
Andres from Long Island

YES! I quit facebook two months ago and I feel great! I was tired of having 300 people posting junk, and me wasting my time reading it... I found a solution: Quit, and open a new account, without any friends! Boring? At first, and then I started liking WNYC, PBS, Frontline, WBAI, and all of my favorite shows that have a page on facebook. Now I get newsfeeds from those sites, and I have so much fun reading interesting news feeds all the time...

Mar. 20 2013 10:58 AM
Andres from Long Island

YES! I quit facebook two months ago and I feel great! I was tired of having 300 people posting junk, and me wasting my time reading it... I found a solution: Quit, and open a new account, without any friends! Boring? At first, and then I started liking WNYC, PBS, Frontline, WBAI, and all of my favorite shows that have a page on facebook. Now I get newsfeeds from those sites, and I have so much fun reading interesting news feeds all the time...

Mar. 20 2013 10:58 AM
Andres from Long Island

YES! I quit facebook two months ago and I feel great! I was tired of having 300 people posting junk, and me wasting my time reading it... I found a solution: Quit, and open a new account, without any friends! Boring? At first, and then I started liking WNYC, PBS, Frontline, WBAI, and all of my favorite shows that have a page on facebook. Now I get newsfeeds from those sites, and I have so much fun reading interesting news feeds all the time...

Mar. 20 2013 10:58 AM
Christine from Westchester

Isn't this really a statement about the younger generation? At my age (no longer 29) I find it not so hard to turn off the "stuff." Not a big Facebook user. My dad is 80. He doesn't have any of these issues (in fact, no cell phone and still a rotary phone on the wall). So this is a choice of a generation to be over-stimulated by the technology. The writer sounds to me about 35... could it be just the generation?

Mar. 20 2013 10:56 AM
Jim B

If Occupy embodies the new paradigm, does that mean the Tea Party embodies the old paradigm, and if so, hasn't the goal-oriented Tea Party been more politically effective?

Mar. 20 2013 10:56 AM
tuppy from nyc

good on him for quitting fb.
it's a Tupperware party in more ways than one;]

Mar. 20 2013 10:55 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Wow. Quitting Facebook. So hardcore.

Mar. 20 2013 10:52 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Everything happens now only to those who choose to use the media in that way. It's up to the individual to resist the pressure to react immediately to everything. I love technology, but I take breaking news and overreactions to events in context to what happened before and what will happen in the future.

Mar. 20 2013 10:45 AM

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