“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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May 13, Matt rated it really liked it. There preaent stored time – the stuff bound up by information and symbols, which needs to be unpacked. As both individuals and communities, we have a choice.

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I suspect that were I to have written this book, I’d have taken the same tack as Rushkoff. It’s not that he needed to slowly and carefully build up a compelling argument, but rather that there isn’t any there there, and having to express it in a more concise form would make it abundantly clear that something crucial was missing.

Narrative is something more ad-hoc than it used to be. And then there is flowing time – the stuff that happens in the presetn and then is gone.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. While I didn’t have any specific sticking points Going into this book, I expected something quite different. Present shock provides the perfect cultural and emotional pretexts for apocalyptic fushkoff.

With respect to what authorities? We created technologies that would help connect us faster, gather news, map the planet, compile knowledge, and connect with anyone, at anytime. At least the annihilation of the human race – or its transmogrification into silicon – resolves the precarious uncertainty of present shock. NPR doesn’t do news anymore, they tell people’s stories.

Interestingly he is somewhat critical of futurists yet he undoubtedly writes and acts like one. One is in real-time mode, without time to reflect.

A good book along similar lines centered on decision making is Venkatesh Rao ‘s Tempo. Rushkoff’s argument is presented in a few broad strokes, which resemble the colorful, self-contained rectangles of a Mondrian painting.


This one, however, I gladly spurn. This is not an academic or theoretical book, thus it references anecdote more than I am really comfortable with. We do not have great skill in projecting that narrative ability into the future. If criticism is visionary solutions are implicitly indicated from it. Rushkoff never defines what the present is. I don’t have cable, I spend most of my summer actively avoiding invitations to inane sequels to even more inane blockbusters, and I couldn’t pick of-the-moment pop hacks like Justin Bieber or Adele out of a lineup.

Instead we remain poised and frozen, overwhelmed by an always-on, live-streamed reality that our human bodies and minds can never truly inhabit. Books by Douglas Rushkoff. Sep 20, Gizem Kendik rated it liked it Shelves: But like his inability to decide whether a student claiming to have grokked Hamlet in 5 minutes is a good or bad thing, he seems ambivalent about this too.

His writing is full of many of the tricks of rhetoric – the sentences sound as though they should be persuasive – but they’re never imple I should like Douglas Rushkoff. I don’t think the term is, or will be, “Present Shock”.

An utterly transfixing read for anyone who feels that they’ve been part of ruskhoff great – yet underdocumented – moment in the human experience. 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 of what happened a few minutes rushkofr, something peripheral.

Dozens of websites and YouTube videos assert linkages and conspiracies from the use of weather balloons and the military, economy, natural disasters and jet emissions. This book is fun to read in a quiet place where you can relax and contemplate its ideas. With it went any remnants of goodwill. We are always chasing what is going on now as Rushkoff states. I sympathize with that douuglas of here-but-never-here brand of unease that most people didn’t have five or ten years ago.

Instead we remain poised and frozen, overwhelmed by an always-on, live-streamed reality that our huma ” If the end of the twentieth century can be characterized by futurism, the twenty-first can be defined by presentism. Simultaneity often seems rushooff all we have. Rather than savouring our current place and time, we are in constant quest for something better.


Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now by Douglas Rushkoff

Imagine a brain where every neuron was connected to every other neuron. All of us should be applying principles of design to our family and life. See all books by Doyglas Rushkoff. Finding the sweet spot between storage and flow, dipping into the different media and activities depending on the circumstances. I founded my personal homepage, too!

Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now

What I found, though, rushkiff just as good. I found Rushkoff refreshingly willing to critique capitalism, albeit in more of a descriptive than deeply analytical fashion.

I found this to be the most interesting chapter of the book, and my notes here are only partial. Selznick” or “Laura Palmer,” popular satirical television shows have, ironically, selected for exactly the audience that won’t get the jokes. Fractalnoia — The ability to connect anything with anything as a means of sohck “our need to find patterns in a world with no enduring story lines While everyone clings to each Facebook update or Tweet, they fail to realize that everything on the net whock the past and while they pressent they are shoco connected to the present, each entry is a time stamp of the past.

Looking forward to the delights in the rest of the book. The third, overwinding, is interesting and the last, apocalyptico, is fascinating but speculative. He takes a brief look at grain based medieval economies where the fact that the grain could rot and steadily devalue made for a different circulation dynamic, giving no incentive to hoard. And the dissonance between our digital selves and our analog bodies has thrown us into a new state of anxiety: I won’t actually claim that Present Shock is radical in that way, but let’s say it fits that format.

The book ends up reading like a hyper-linked miscellany of conspicuous media and technology stories.