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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.
©2016 Douglas Rushkoff (P)2016 Penguin Audio
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By Jonathan on 04-13-16

Heavy on Rhetoric, Light on Facts

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

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.

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What three words best describe Douglas Rushkoff’s performance?

Clear, Passionate, Emotive

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It addresses important questions about the societal benefits of grow-or-die capitalism, but misattributes the causes and solutions.

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By Lcthulou on 03-17-16

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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