Digital technology was supposed to usher in a new age of distributed prosperity, but so far it has been used to put industrial capitalism on steroids. It's not technology's fault but that of an extractive, growth-driven economic operating system that has reached the limits of its ability to serve anyone, rich or poor, human or corporate. Robots threaten our jobs while algorithms drain our portfolios. But there must be a better response to the lopsided returns of the digital economy than to throw rocks at the shuttle buses carrying Google employees to their jobs, as protesters did in December 2013.
In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed media scholar and technology author Douglas Rushkoff calls on us to abandon the monopolist, winner-takes-all values we are unwittingly embedding into the digital economy and to embrace the more distributed possibilities of these platforms. He shows how we can optimize every aspect of the economy - from central currency and debt to corporations and labor - to create sustainable prosperity for business and people alike.
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Rushkoff avoids the dread "S" and "C" words (for the most part), while giving an interesting take on the problems of a capitalist society in the digital age.
Excellent and thorough presentation on how wealth gets concentrated into the hands of the few, and some interesting ideas on how we can, in our current business and technical climate, begin to unravel this and create more widely held prosperity. Be prepared for a long listen, he covers a lot of ground. Could easily be two books!
Absolutely amazing book, helped me see the economy from a different, more humanistic perspective, despise technology that monopolises and impoverished us with fancy "disruptor" hype.
Will influence how I think about products I use, way I spend my day, and businesses I want to start. I wish every politician, economist and businessman reads it.
the book was a little over my head for an audio book. I needed to take it slower which was something I didn't really want to do. I loved the stories he used to back up his information.
Loved the challenging thoughts. I'd like to think I will contribute differently in the world, going forward
The author should have backed up his assertions about the roots of capitalism and wealth disparity with specific historic and economic data. Some of his claims about power law distributions not cropping up in more community-based systems are demonstrably false. Power laws are ubiquitous across nature and society, and arise due to naturally-occurring feedback loops in systems which grow via aggregation.
Haven't decided yet
Clear, Passionate, Emotive
It addresses important questions about the societal benefits of grow-or-die capitalism, but misattributes the causes and solutions.
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