Digital Trends – Dial 1 for Euphoria

One algorithm makes you smaller, and one makes you tall. But the ones the FDA gives you won’t do anything at all – not without a prescription, anyway. Welcome to the brave new world of electrotherapy stimulation.   read more »

Seeking Alpha – Review of ‘Throwing Rocks’

Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus and Raw Deal summarize the good and bad news and the backlash brewing against Silicon Valley's approach to IT innovation. Authors Douglas Rushkoff and Steven Hill level well-researched critiques of Uber, Airbnb, Task Rabbit, Mechanical Turk and similar electronic platforms promoting as the "sharing economy". Such applications of IT do increase narrowly defined economic efficiency. As digitization overtakes ever more sectors of industrial societies, there are too few broad analyses of the nature of these disruptive technologies, whom they benefit, and how they are restructuring every aspect of our lives.   read more »

Corporate Growth for the Sake of Corporate Growth

Read this piece at The Atlantic On at least one level, Bernie Sanders remains right: Billionaires are getting richer as everyone else gets poorer. Yes, the top one-tenth of 1 percent own nearly as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent, but the problem is, Sanders stops his rhetoric right there. Such statements lead both […]   read more »

Big Think – Nothing Grows Forever. Digital Industrialism and What Comes Next.

Douglas Rushkoff's new book "Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus" is a crystalline lens through which to make sense of our present-day economic predicament, how we got here and the various ways we might still save ourselves. The book explains precisely how the structure of our corporations and money itself are "programmed" to pursue a scorched-earth policy, extracting value from employees, customers, and markets until they dry up and new markets must be conquered or created.    read more »

Medium – Is Growth Necessary for a Thriving Economy

Believing something you know not to be true, is one thing, believing something you believe to be true is quite another, and it’s at this end of the make-believe spectrum that Douglas Rushkoff takes up his enquiry into the dismal science, in his new book “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus”.   read more »

Univision – Lo que hay detrás de la “guerra de clases” en San Francisco

Visto desde San Francisco y Silicon Valley, Douglas Rushkoff es un aguafiestas. Mientras la industria tecnológica atravesaba una ola de inversiones sin precedentes —que creó más de 100 empresas con un valor supuesto de más de 1,000 millones de dólares—, este profesor de Economía Digital del Queens College de la Universidad de la Ciudad de Nueva York (CUNY) escribía un libro que los criticaba duramente. En él explica por qué las empresas como Uber o Airbnb son nada más que una nueva versión de los señores feudales de la Edad Media que explotaban a la población de sus territorios.   read more »