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Team Human

Narrated by: Douglas Rushkoff
Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)
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"A provocative, exciting, and important rallying cry to reassert our human spirit of community and teamwork." (Walter Isaacson)

Though created by humans, our technologies, markets, and institutions often contain an antihuman agenda. Douglas Rushkoff, digital theorist and host of the NPR-One podcast Team Human, reveals the dynamics of this antihuman machinery and invites us to remake these aspects of society in ways that foster our humanity. 

In 100 aphoristic statements, his manifesto exposes how forces for human connection have turned into ones of isolation and repression: Money, for example, has transformed from a means of exchange to a means of exploitation, and education has become an extension of occupational training. Digital-age technologies have only amplified these trends, presenting the greatest challenges yet to our collective autonomy: robots taking our jobs, algorithms directing our attention, and social media undermining our democracy. But all is not lost. 

It's time for Team Human to take a stand, regenerate the social bonds that define us and, together, make a positive impact on this earth.

©2019 Douglas Rushkoff (P)2018 Recorded Books

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eloquent, moving and timely

A clear, resonant clarion call for us to reassert our common humanity & reclaim our original inheritance. Rushkoff is in top form and we need his wisdom now more than ever.

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Great primer for a Team Human introduction

If you haven't been listening to podcast Team Human by Douglas Rushkoff--the great techno guru of the 90s who has now become more of a skeptic and the social consciousness of the silicon era--do so now. Full of brilliant ideas and dialogues about our current confusing era. Then, after listening to most of the archive, get the book Team Human.

To be honest, it's rather light for Rushkoff. To delve deeper, try Life Inc. or Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus. Team Human could be accused of oversimplifying a host of issues, but the book does provide a valuable service by summing up the ethos that humanity needs to start living by if we are going to survive the digital landscape that we are in. These things do need to sorted in an orderly manner, like a manifesto or at least a starter, so that well-meaning people will have a foundation to fall back on.

Much of the book is fascinating, on the connection between computerized media and nationalism as opposed to the unifying nature of other mediums. On the absurd abstraction of the economy, and how we must care more about the foreground and not be lost in the background. Why the Renaissance, which takes in positive old ideas, is a better metaphor for the state of the world than 'revolution', which always ends up with the same power structures in the end. There is even an analysis about how story structure in cinema has warped people's expectations of reality, and even gets into the cyclical nature of time in cultures both pre- and post-agriculturalism. And my personal favorite, the dangerous concept of mechanomorphism in which humans start imitating the machines.

Team Human is an important book for anyone who cares about just that, humans. Armed with these ideas, let's choose a team that has our interests in mind before it's too late...

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Amazing food for thought from every food group

Amazing food for thought from every food group. It draws nicely from many wide ranging topics and concepts. While being so great at pointing out the essential flaws that recur so timelessly it somehow still glosses over how we're supposed to start working better to get along on team human but great insights and questioning.

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very interesting

the author definitely has a very interesting perspective on many different things in our society. Very thought-provoking.

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  • Clara
  • 01-29-19

Messy, meandering, fun

A bit like humans. Not the most well researched book, but lots of ideas and he makes a good point.

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  • Christine McDougall
  • 02-18-19

If you care about humanities future read this book

I have been following the work of Douglas Rushkoff for many years. This is my favourite of his books, as it encapsulates in simple form the very nature of issues we have to address as humans in Universe. I loved the audible version as Doug narrates and he is very good at that. I have the hard copy as well, as an ongoing reference. One of the most important books in my library. Thanks Doug, you are an asset to Team Human.