“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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff. 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.
Instead we remain poised and frozen, overwhelmed by an always-on, live-streamed reality that our human bodies and minds can never truly inhabit. And our failure to do so has had wide-ranging effects on every aspect of our lives.
People spent the twentieth century obsessed with the future.
We created technologies that would help connect us faster, gather news, map the planet, compile knowledge, and connect with anyone, at sjock. We strove for an instantaneous network where time and space could be compressed. Well, the future’s arrived. We live in a continuous now enabled by Twitter, email, and a so-called real-time technological shift.
Yet this now is an elusive goal that we can never quite reach. And the dissonance between our digital selves and our analog bodies has thrown us into a new state of anxiety: Rushkoff weaves together preeent disparate events and trends into a rich, nuanced portrait of how life in the eternal present has affected our biology, behavior, politics, and rushkocf.
He explains how the rise of zombie apocalypse fiction signals our intense desire for an ending; how the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street form two sides of the same post-narrative coin; how corporate investing in the future has been replaced by futile efforts to game the stock market in real time; why social networks make people anxious and email can feel like an assault.
As both individuals and communities, we have a choice. We can struggle through the onslaught of information and play an eternal game of catch-up. Or shick can choose to live in the present: Rushkoff offers hope for anyone seeking to transcend the false now.
Absorbing and thought-provoking, Present Shock is a wide-ranging, deeply thought meditation on what it means to be human in real-time. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Present Shockplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Dec 02, Megan rated it it was ok Shelves: I should like Douglas Rushkoff.
I have a feeling that in fact we agree over a great many things, and share many of the same concerns. But every time I try to read him I fail, and often quit before the piece is even halfway through. With this book, I finally understand why: 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. His writing is full of many of the tricks of rhetoric – the sentences sound as though they should be persuasive – but they’re never implemented fully, the points never stacking up in rusnkoff way that makes them memorable or lasting.
View all 4 comments. May 05, Tracy rated it really liked it. I agree with other reviewers that this book is disjointed, and it’s obvious that it took many years to write I noted, for example, that many of the illustrations in the first chapter are more than a decade old.
Despite those elements, I do think this book is worth reading and its ideas worth thinking about, whether or not one ultimately agrees with the author. Narrative Collapse – Pop culture becomes more now-ist and self-referential beginning in the late s-early s I agree with other reviewers that this book is disjointed, and it’s obvious that it took many years to write I noted, for example, that many of the illustrations in the first chapter are more than a decade old.
Narrative Collapse – Pop culture becomes more now-ist and self-referential beginning in rusgkoff late s-early s The Simpsons, Mystery Science TheaterSeinfeld. Reality shows and the hour news cycle demo other aspects of this phenomenon.
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Rushkoff writes about Occupy Wall Street also, but, perhaps because this movement was still so new at the time of publishing that we don’t yet know shck outcomes, I found this the most disconnected component of this chapter.
Digiphrenia — In trying to keep up with everything, we lose perspective. 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.
With this understanding, we can select uses of technology that help us rather than harm us. Overwinding — Another chapter about time. Living quickly loses sight of longer time horizons, and different kinds of time Rushkoff discusses chronos versus kairos.
Sometimes we do need to store time for the future think of athletes who practice the same moves over and over in order to be able to execute them without a lot of conscious effort during competition.
Sometimes presnt treat something as permanent that is more properly regarded as fleeting for example, “catching up” with Twitter feeds is a form of living in the pastor something as fleeting that contains more substance.
I found this to be the most interesting chapter of the book, and my notes here are only partial. Fractalnoia — The ability to connect anything with anything as a means of satisfying “our need to find patterns in a world with no enduring story lines We can’t create context in time, so we create it through links” p. This chapter contained an interesting discussion of corporate communications approaches and how those are eroded in a world in which feedback comes continuously and from all sides at once.
On the positive side, this ability to link can create communities in which everyone feels welcome to participate in dougas community’s development.
Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now
Will living networks replace linear histories of the past? The individual’s limited vision is the failure of fractalnoia, seeing connections as only having to do with him- or herself, while ” Apocalypto — fears of transcending humanity, destruction of the human, union in the singularity. While the ideas are intriguing, on the whole I found this to be the least developed, and perhaps rushkof convincing, chapter in the book. 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.
What I most appreciated about this book is the many ways in which Rushkoff brings in elements of larger culture although he’s heaviest on corporate culture.
As he notes toward the end, “It is not you or I or the information that’s so different, but the media and culture around us all. View all 3 comments. May 29, Kevin O’Donnell rated it did not like it.
Gave up on this midway through the second chapter, which is actually more than a third through the whole thing. I almost never quit books. Perhaps because I am too selective up front?
This one, however, I gladly spurn. First pages were okay but rambling, disjointed, speculative, grabbag, etc.
Eventually though I couldn’t stomach how much attention was being paid to pseudoscientific blather. And all of it sort of glossed over with an air of respectability. I lost the trust I had in the author Gave up on this midway through the second chapter, which pressnt actually more than a third through the whole thing. I lost the trust I had in the author. With it went any remnants of goodwill. Here’s a brief test instead of me dissecting a handful of pages: With respect to what authorities?
Btw you’re a “media theorist” in this scenario. How might you position him in the landscape of evidence-based medicine if not science writ large? Now think about how you would want someone to describe him to you if they were given the privilege to opine freely, without interruption, and with only scattershot attempts at a thesis for the two-plus hours you’ve so far given dohglas.
When the subject is already pretty far afield from what you expected and its treatment less than rigorous. Remember, this is the first firsthand pseudo-expert you’ve brought in to make a point. Rushkoff introduces Filippi with nary a rushoff of irony as the “founder” of that site. I founded my personal homepage, too!
He describes him as “putting Of course, given just a minute of sleuthing, you find that this man isn’t a biochemist, nor a researcher, nor a scientist, presetn even a doctor as we might commonly refer ruushkoff one.
He’s certainly not a doctor in the fashion you’re led to believe. Probably never took an introductory course in biochemistry. Probably couldn’t pass one. When you turn to the endnote and see that the next few pages concerning the man and his study are all based on personal conversations over a couple of months last year, you begin rouglas doubt either the sincerity of the author or his ability rouglas discern between legitimate endeavorers and cranks, between what matters and what doesn’t.
Then you return the book to the library.
To partially change the subject: In order to gird myself for quitting, I tried to find what I’d previously heard about Tyler Cowen’s prodigious and ruthless reading habits, particularly how bluntly he dismisses books rushkofff doesn’t like.
When to Stop Reading a Book As well as: You need not finish. View all 6 comments.
Apr 18, Casey rated it really liked it Shelves: A word of warning: Examples here are cherry-picked from a vast landscape of television shows and websites and doglas, without mention of base rates, variance, statistical significance, and other figures that scientific types such as myself rely on to make sense of data.