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Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age | [Douglas Rushkoff]

Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age

In 10 chapters, composed of 10 "commands", Rushkoff provides cyber enthusiasts and technophobes alike with the guidelines to navigate the digital new universe. In this spirited, accessible poetics of new media, Rushkoff picks up where Marshall McLuhan left off, helping listeners to recognize programming as the new literacy of the digital age - and as a template through which to see beyond social conventions and power structures that have vexed us for centuries.
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Publisher's Summary

The debate over whether the Net is good or bad for us fills the airwaves and the blogosphere. But for all the heat of claim and counter-claim, the argument is essentially beside the point: It's here; it's everywhere. The real question is, do we direct technology, or do we let ourselves be directed by it and those who have mastered it? "Choose the former," writes Rushkoff, "and you gain access to the control panel of civilization. Choose the latter, and it could be the last real choice you get to make."

In 10 chapters, composed of 10 "commands", Rushkoff provides cyber enthusiasts and technophobes alike with the guidelines to navigate this new universe. In this spirited, accessible poetics of new media, Rushkoff picks up where Marshall McLuhan left off, helping listeners to recognize programming as the new literacy of the digital age - and as a template through which to see beyond social conventions and power structures that have vexed us for centuries. This is a friendly little audiobook with a big and actionable message.

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    beth and chris 07-03-14

    Beth reads books. She holds them in her hand and she turns the pages and reads the words. I download, plug in, and listen.

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    "i thought everyone could program"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. rushkoff is so much fun to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    me. cause the book didn't really have characters in it.


    Any additional comments?

    the book is not a story. its about cultural change, it is about the past, it is about right now, it is about the future.

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    sunny man 05-06-14
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    What disappointed you about Program or Be Programmed?

    The whole concept is non sense. Not every person should program. If people like it, it is ok, but saying people you have to be able to program other wise you are like an uneducated person is just non sense.


    What was most disappointing about Douglas Rushkoff’s story?

    When I bought the book, I though it is for programmer who want to decide on their work environment (program good) and not be programmed.By being programmed author means being influenced by the working environment, such as deadline, easy solution and so on.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and disappointment


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