Among other things, Douglas Rushkoff is a media theorist, author, and documentarian. His books include Life, Inc. and Program or be Programmed, while his documentaries include Frontline’s “The Merchants of Cool” and “Digital Nation.”
Our conversation started with Rushkoff’s concept of “present-shock” and moved into a larger discussion of the relationship between market thinking, quantification, and what is ultimately measurable and knowable.
Connections, you ask? They abound, especially with Timothy Morton, Wes Jackson, and Frances Whitehead. We also talk about transhumanism a fair bit, so expect some contrasts with Max More and Tim Cannon. Rushkoff also discusses the value of community and human relationships in a way that is almost reminiscent of John Zerzan, minus the whole primitivism bit. Equally important, albeit less obvious, are the nuanced differences between what Rushkoff believes to be knowable and what thinkers like Chris McKay believe to be knowable. But to quote LeVar Burton, you don’t have to take my word for it.
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Artwork by Eleanor Davis.