UNLIMITED KINDLE ☆ Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now - by Douglas Rushkoff #2020

  • Title: Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now
  • Author: Douglas Rushkoff
  • ISBN: 9781591844761
  • Page: 235
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now By Douglas Rushkoff If the end of the twentieth century can be characterized by futurism, the twenty first can be defined by presentism This is the moment we ve been waiting for, explains award winning media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, but we don t seem to have any time in which to live it 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 This is the moment we ve been waiting for, explains award winning media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, but we don t seem to have any time in which to live it 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 anytime 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 present shock.Rushkoff weaves together seemingly disparate events and trends into a rich, nuanced portrait of how life in the eternal present has affected our biology, behavior, politics, and culture 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Party and Occupy Wall Street form two sides of the same post narrative coin how corporate investing in the future has been replaced by futile efforts to game the stock market in real time why social networks make people anxious and email can feel like an assault He examines how the tragedy of 9 11 disconnected an entire generation from a sense of history, and delves into why conspiracy theories actually comfort us.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 we can choose to live in the present favor eye contact over texting quality over speed and human quirks over digital perfection 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.
    Douglas Rushkoff
    Douglas Rushkoff is a New York based writer, columnist and lecturer on technology, media and popular culture.

    Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now By Douglas Rushkoff


    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 ideas are interesting, but I don t think he knows how to structure an argument well 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 fu [...]

    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 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 The basic topics 1 Narrative Collapse Pop culture becomes now ist and self referential beginning in the late 1980s early 1990s The Simpsons, M [...]

    Kevin O'Donnell
    Gave up on this midway through the second chapter, which is actually 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 100 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 With it we [...]

    A word of warning if you read this book, you re going to have to accept that media theorists do not have to present empirical evidence to argue a point Examples here are cherry picked from a vast landscape of television shows and websites and films, without mention of base rates, variance, statistical significance, and other figures that scientific types such as myself rely on to make sense of data Of course, lack of any real evidence doesn t stop Rushkoff from making claims about causality If o [...]

    Don Tapscott
    Back in the BlackBerry s heyday, a new habit in restaurants became known as the BlackBerry prayer Those at the table would hold their BlackBerrys in their laps, trying to inconspicuously respond to a steady stream of e mails and texts No matter how engaging the table conversation, the BlackBerry offered the potential of a different and interesting topic.Today, the prayers still happen, but they now occur non stop with iPhones and Android devices Rather than savouring our current place and time, [...]

    67 pages into this book and my mind is blown Rushkoff draws clear connections between changing media practices, the loss of a narrative structure in society, an increase in fear within the media, the Occupy Wall street movement, and gaming culture Seemingly unrelated issues come together in a panorama of understanding Looking forward to the delights in the rest of the book.

    Craig Jaquish
    It s hard to say what Present Shock is exactly, both in the flattering way that it packs a lot in and in the negative sense that it s lacking a lot of precision It s not quite a polemic, but it s provocational than Alvin Toffler s drier Future Shock In the 90s, Ruskoff says, we were all leaning forward into the future, wanting to know what was next, but when Y2k passed and planes didn t fall from the sky and elevators didn t stop between floors we realized we were here, we had made it into the [...]

    Stan Feckless
    Ironically, Rushkoff s expository style in Present Shock is often unfocused, fragmented, and seems to suffer from a diminished attention span just like the social phenomena that he is attempting to critique Some of the arguments presented are intriguing at first blush, but end up disappointing because they are never fully explored or supported The book ends up reading like a hyper linked miscellany of conspicuous media and technology stories.

    Gizem Kendik
    nternete giydirdikleri Her ey u anda oluyor G n i inde Twitter feed ini yakalamaya veya e mailleri cevaplamaya al rken kayboluyoruz nsan ritmiyle teknoloji ritmi birbirine uymuyor Dijital teknolojilerin real time olmad n anlamam z gerek nsan ritmi ay n hareketlerine g re ekillenen n ro kimyasallarla al yor nternette her ey imdi olurken biz gece g nd z, mevsimler gibi d ng lerle al yoruz Presnet shock da insan n do al ritmine uymayan, bu her eyin imdi oldu u hissine kar verdi i bir tepki zg n m a [...]

    Mark Dickson
    Going into this book, I expected something quite different I think I was expecting something succinct and cohesive, something that would help articulate why the increasing pace of life makes many of us increasingly uncomfortable, anxious, and unhappy.What I found, though, was just as good Rushkoff s interests and intellect span a number of fields economics, technology, politics, philosophy, and history And he handles each field cogently.While I didn t have any specific sticking points, there we [...]

    I just heard about this book on NPR from an interview with the author himself, Douglas Rushkoff, and what he speaks about in this book really hit home to me I ve been having a problem dealing with how I relate to my friends online I cannot perfectly transition between the past and present when there is no forward thinking and no certainty as to where relationships stand as of now, too There seems to be no time online OR offline to enjoy relating to anyone This symptom falls into what Rushkoff te [...]

    H Wesselius
    An uneven read His examples and stories are what kept me going despite the urge, several times, to return the book to the library In some instances he repeats old concepts especially the collapse of the narrative and other times his theorizing is so off beat its doubtful anyone wrote of it before or will later Narrative collapse, the first chapter, is the best in terms of writing and thought The third, overwinding, is interesting and the last, apocalyptico, is fascinating but speculative Very un [...]

    Awesome Classic Rushkoff this books argues that our Twitter like, always on behavior is altering the way our very minds work and our concept of time itself Very fascinating stuff, highly recommended I m a huge Rushkoff fan already read nearly all of his books If you like media analysis combined with ancient myths and technology, synthesized amazingly into a seamless braid, you ve love this.

    Asks many interesting questions in situating our post historical technological present, within the wider historical and cultural context.I struggled to find the first chapter convincing regarding the abandonment of narrative in contemporary media film, tv etc.But the rest of it was super thought provoking Even if it jumps around crazily from concept to concept, perhaps reflecting the vast scope of the issue Rushkoff is addressing our multi nodal networked world as well as admission that this too [...]

    Sean Goh
    First few chapters were interesting, the back half of overwinding and the entire fractalnoia chapters were quite meh._______Information overload may not have increased the rate at which disasters occur, but it has exponentially increased the rate at which they are witnessed.Toffler understood how our knowledge of history helps us put the present in perspective We understand where we are, in part, because we have a story that explains how we got here We do not have great skill in projecting that [...]

    I think Rushkoff is onto something Although there are a number of tangents within this book that I wasn t convinced by chronobiology for one , the central thesis is effective Present Shock is both title and theme the stresses exerted on people through the perpetual immediacy of 21st century living Rushkoff approaches this from various directions, organised broadly under four heading narrative collapse , digiphrenia , overwinding , and fractalnoia In each case, the problems that he articulated re [...]

    Present Shock When Everything Happens NowDouglas RushkoffRead it in hardback at 256 pagesAs an employee of a large software distribution company, I see what Douglas Rushkoff calls Present Shock on a daily basis While most people can certainly relate to Rushkoffs example of the dinner bar situation in which everyone you met to mingle is instead on their cell phone, that hits home for everyone, after all who hasn t experienced this yet I have seen some fantastic things, most notably people so abso [...]

    Rushkoff talks several times including in a meta discussion about why he s even writing a book in the first place How anachronistic about how no one actually reads books any all that really matters is getting the gist, and the quicker the better But, even though he could instead have written dozens of articles, hundreds of blog posts, and thousands of Tweets, reaching people about things in less time and with less effort , he thought it was worthwhile to take the long form route instead I don [...]

    That s it We have arrived in the future Rushkoff s books is an allusion to Alvin Toffler s 1970 warning FUTURE SHOCK Do we travel by jetpack or date robots Not yet, but I guess you could say the potential is there.What I found most troubling was the first chapter of Rushkoff s book, in which he does little than encyclopedize examples for what he mourns as the narrative collapse Rushkoff posits that our need and value in traditional read linear storytelling has ceased in wake of our technologic [...]

    William Lawrence
    Rushkoff s Present Shock accurately describes the problems with attention deficit and the shift to an emphasis on the immediate Chapter one, my favorite, will make you want to jump out a window At the core of this book is an important point about our changing society as a result of TV and technology you are being controlled But Rushkoff s argument becomes a little scrambled along the way and you are unsure of whether he is actually justifying the present shock and promoting collective thinking o [...]

    Caroline Anna Bock
    PRESENT SHOCK When Everything Happens Now a short excerpt from this amazing nonfiction book is telling Our society has reoriented itself to the present moment Everything is live, real time, and always on It s not a mere speeding up, however much our lifestyles and technologies have accelerated the rate at which we attempt to do things It s of a diminishment of anything that isn t happening right now and the onslaught of everything that supposedly is it s why the worlds leading search engine is [...]

    Bob Gustafson
    Life, Inc by Douglas Rushkoff may be the best book I have read by a living author Based on that alone, I bought and read Present Shock.Rushkoff examines four facets of life in the digitized twenty first century I was halfway through reading about the second, digiphrenia, when I began to understand the first, narrative collapse There is no narrative to Present Shock This stands in contrast to Life, Inc which was an historical narrative What this book is, is a collection of observations, analysis [...]

    I ve just pulled the last paragraph of my blog review the only thing I ll add is to say that this is absolutely required reading for anyone with any tech device at all in their lives Let s halt the present shock before it cripples us all Although I did find a few flaws in some of Rushkoff s arguments and while he occasionally is guilty of dressing up his thoughts a little too ostentatiously, it doesn t really matter when the thoughts are so important I want to recommend this book to everyone I k [...]

    Present Shock When Everything Happens Now by Douglas Rushkoff picks up where Alvin Toffler s Future Shock 1970 left his generation, disoriented by rapid technological and social change, just coming to understand that the past would no longer be a guide to the future Now, Rushkoff points out, the narrative has collapsed altogether in favor of the reality show The now demands our full attention our instantaneous texts and tweets and trades and always on smart phones tracing our steps, instantaneou [...]

    Chad Post
    This brings together bits from some of Rushkoff s recent books, grouping them under the rubric of Present Shock the situation of our present day in which everything is happening all at once, altering the way in which media, corporations, people, process information and think about past and future It s an interesting starting point that leads to some fruitful observations about how society works I particularly like the fractalnoia section, and the one on narrative collapse This review is a bit bi [...]

    George Slade
    I started this book yesterday 01 05 2014 and finished it today 01 06 2014 That should tell you all you need to know about how captivating it was The author, Douglas Rushkoff does a great job of simultaneously entertaining, informing, and provoking introspective and global thought It got me questioning not so much how I interact with the world around me, but why I interact it with it, in such a way It left me pondering if I should perhaps change some habits that seem so second nature, in order to [...]

    This book contained a very engaging set of observations about how the ubiquitous presence of technology is changing our culture, relationships, and our perception of time One idea I found fascinating was the author s observation that technology constantly overstimulates us with choices, and this transforms us into an unending role of decision making Yet, digital choices are rarely distinguishable in their significance, so we often get lost in a sea of unimportant busyness As we continuously use [...]

    I had to return this book to the library before I could finish it, but I really liked it The author is writing about what it means in modern society to be plugged in the constant barrage of information coming in on Facebook feeds, Twitter feeds, email, text messaging, etc He also assigned interesting terms to the various phenomena he identifies as results of this present shock I really enjoyed it and look forward to getting my hands on it again so I can finish reading it Highly recommended for a [...]

    James Cobo
    A frighteningly compelling readI wish there were books like this one which try to capture the dissolution of narrative in the modern era to compare this book to, but Present Shock stands tall even among that limited data set An utterly transfixing read for anyone who feels that they ve been part of a great yet underdocumented moment in the human experience.

    I thought I would like this book a lot than I did I guess the big problem for me was that I just found the entire argument weak In many instances, I just didn t buy the story he painted, and occasionally just didn t even quite believe the facts he laid out In other cases, he seemed to attack what he calls presentism when I wondered if it was a bad thing at all.

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