How the Web Ate the Economy, and Why This Is Good for Everyone

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Douglas Rushkoff

Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus

Douglas Rushkoff is author of 15 best-selling books on media, technology, and culture, including Program or Be Programmed, Present Shock, and most recently Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus. Douglas made the PBS Frontline documentaries Generation Like, Merchants of Cool, and The Persuaders, wrote the graphic novels ADD and Testament, and originated concepts from “viral media” to “social currency.” He’s currently professor of media theory and digital economics at CUNY’s Queens College and lectures around the world about media, society, and change. Douglas won the Marshall McLuhan Award for his book Coercion and the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity. He is also founder of the Laboratory for Digital Humanism and a research fellow for the Institute for the Future.

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Mark Scrimshire
04/05/2009 3:56pm PDT

Douglas had plenty of thought provoking commentary on the economy and the role of the Internet. Excellent!

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Douglas Rushkoff
04/02/2009 5:16am PDT

Thanks so much Marc. I would LOVE to hook up with Stewart and you and they Long Now. I never quite insinuated myself into the GBN, but Long Now is a project much more aligned with my own goals, anyway.

Interestingly enough, Nassim and I have both the same agent and the same editor. I took a walk with him once, and he is as smart live as he is in writing.

Marc Meyer
04/02/2009 4:42am PDT

Douglas, your historical perspective, out of the box thinking, and willingness to challenge accepted precepts makes you one of a handful of incredible thinkers who are helping us to challenge and thereby remake the rules by which populations have been ruled and spoils shared for centuries. I’d put you in the ranks of a Nassim Nicholas Taleb, and am going to recommend Steward Brand bring you in to talk to the Long Now. Thanks for an excellent and enlightening talk.

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