Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus

  • by Douglas Rushkoff
  • Narrated by Douglas Rushkoff
  • 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Interesting perspective on late-stage capitalism

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.
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- LCthulou

Thought provoking...

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!
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio