In Life Incorporated, brilliant and charismatic cultural theorist Douglas Rushkoff argues that we no longer know who we are, or what we want. Life Inc is a non-fiction exploration of the power that corporations have and the means by which they hold onto power and gain more. Real community and real intimacy have broken down, replaced by market-tested cures for everything from weight, to conception, to poverty, to food, to finding a mate. Douglas Rushkoff explains why this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to remember what matters, and to rethink our economic system so it reinforces our human values. He proposed that we use informal credits with each other. Most of all, Life Inc. It's also a short book which means even though not every page is 100% engaging, it's also not unnecessarily padded out, nor does it drag.
By removing something from its original context or setting, we kill the sense of awe that we might attach to its uniqueness. We now express our identities through brands and media channels. I'm looking forward to reading Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus next. Synopsis Douglas Rushkoff is a widely known media critic and documentarian. ثم يكتب تدوينة مفصلة عن الحادثة و عن مشاعره المضطربة. Spiritual centers, from Esalen to the Omega Institute, are well-oiled businesses, and our speculative economy has deprived us from the ability to perceive the value we create or to even create value.
In contrast, the new class of merchants and manufacturers could expand their businesses pretty much indefinitely. The fall of the Roman empire was a quite complex process and to blame it all on centralized currency and its debasement is ridiculous. The spine may show signs of wear. I'm really glad a book like this is giving exposure to a whole lot of these ideas, even if it is flawed. Power of positive thinking … wait a minute. More documentation of how corporatism has trumped democracy and reduced the world's population to slavery to an unjust, hierarchical economic system.
It's tiring to be constantly reminded of how evil everything is and how everything is going to shit. Summary: A timely and relevant book about how big business controls our lives, and how we can fight back. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Also, Douglas Rushkoff has written several other interesting books. Sudden disaster—like a sunk ship or a burned-down workshop—could destroy wealth as quickly as it could be created. As some have noted the book is poorly edited, does not have a coherent structure and te This book was a severe disappointment. Ultimately, everything and everyone could be colonized for profit, fueling European colonialism and establishing corporatism as the basis for a new continent.
The corporation is evil, he seems to believe, and the source of much that is wrong with the world. Let's start with the style. Whether or not you agree, you will find this book challenges some of our basic assumptions about how our economy works. Let's start with a minor inaccuracy early on, where he confuses debits and credits with assets and liabilities. Sound framing of almost 600 yrs. An unwitting participant in a system that you didn't sign up for in the first place? I heard Rushkoff interviewed on radio and was intrigued by his talk.
This seems rather simplistic and I would have liked more time to have been spent on the scope of their 'evilness' and where different companies sit on the spectrum. A profound and important call to action. And this local, day-to-day pleasure is what makes us human in the first place. The market, and its operating system, Corporatism, is no longer something people build and control. Ultimately, he aims to show how corporations are alternatively self-reinforcing and, occasionally, self-defeating, but how our short-sightedness has allowed them to gain more power than they should have.
Synopsis This didnt just happen. It's wh So I suppose Rushkoff is at heart a polemicist, and a very good one. Rushkoff brilliantly traces the roots of our present monetary system back hundreds of years, and makes crystalline clear the reasons that our present way of doing business cannot help but fail. Chapter 1: Half way through this, I was thinking about putting the book down for good. During the dog food poisoning crisis in 2007, when companies were asked where they were sourcing their dog food from, many couldn't answer. The evolution of the internet recapitulates the process through which corporatism took hold of our society. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact.
I don't know that he had this in mind when he was fighting for them, however it's an interesting connection. As well, corporations had to demonstrate that they had a beneficial purpose other than making money, like building a bridge or opening a water way. But the prisoner's dilemma does not equal game theory Rushkoff uses the two almost interchangeably. I felt like I shed my skin reading this book, as it gave me something to really think about and my interactions with others and the world. While at it, also read Larry Tye's book, The Father of Spin: Edward L. Rushkoff presentation of this topic is the kind of argument one expects to find in a Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck kind of book, i. Want to take a stab at how high that number rose by 2008? Related to that, he invites us to rethink just how good the High Middle Ages, i.
Corporations have bankrupted America--fiscally, socially and nutritionally. I agree with most of what Rushkoff had to say. The landscape on which we are living—the operating system on which we are now running our social software—was invented by people, sold to us as a better way of life, supported by myths, and ultimately allowed to develop into a self-sustaining reality. This phenomenon, named the Gruen transfer, was defined as the moment a person changes from a customer with a particular product in mind to an undirected impulse buyer. As the speculative economy collapses under its own weight, Life Inc.