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  • Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Douglas Rushkoff
    • Narrated By Douglas Rushkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Douglas Rushkoff, in tracing the roots of corporatism from the Renaissance to today, reveals the way it supplanted social interaction and local commerce and came to be regarded as a preexisting condition of our world, from the history of public relations to the relentless gentrification of America's urban neighborhoods. And he shows us how to fight back: how to de-corporatize ourselves, disengage from branded expectations, think locally, and return to the real world of human activity.

    A. Yerkes says: "Accessible Indictment of the Lost American Dream"
    "Great content, annoying narration"
    Overall

    Have you ever wondered why every "tourist attraction" has a gift shop? Have you wondered why gift shops, stores where you buy useless meaningless trinkets for other people, exist at all? Wonder no more. The answer, according to this book, is the corporatization of every aspect of our lives.

    I totally bought into the message of the book-- that corporations are unnatural constructs that have injected themselves into our lives in unhealthy ways. Consequently, they turned us into input/output units, rather than persons who are loving-breathing-running-jumping human beings.

    My one big complaint is the narrator. He has a breathless, gasping style with a sense of astonishment that gives the impression that everything is awful and the world is about to end. Other than that, this is a great listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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