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People spent the twentieth century obsessed with the future. We created technologies that would help connect us faster, gather news, map the planet, and compile knowledge. We strove for an instantaneous network where time and space could be compressed.

Well, the futures arrived. We live in a continuous now enabled by Twitter, email, and a so-called real-time technological shi ft. Yet

this “now” is an elusive goal that we can never quite reach. And the dissonance between our digital selves and our analog bodies has thrown us into a new state of anxiety: present shock.

Douglas Rushko weaves together seemingly disparate events and trends into a rich, nuanced portrait of how life in the eternal present has affected our biology, behavior, politics, and culture.

“Invaluable.” — The New York Times

“ This is a wondrously thought-provoking book.” — Walter Isaacson

“A sobering wake-up call to collectively reexamine our relationship with time before were blindsided by an unwelcome future.” —Booklist

Synopsis:

Noted media pundit and author of Playing the Future Douglas Rushkoff gives a devastating critique of the influence techniques behind our culture of rampant consumerism. With a skilled analysis of how experts in the fields of marketing, advertising, retail atmospherics, and hand-selling attempt to take away our ability to make rational decisions, Rushkoff delivers a bracing account of media ecology today, consumerism in America, and why we buy what we buy, helping us recognize when we're being treated like consumers instead of human beings.

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Why do we always listen to what "they" say? A noted media pundit gives a devastating critique of the influences behind the culture of rampant consumerism, showing how the media attempts to interfere with rational decision-making. "An essential book for anyone interested in the power of media and the mechanics of deception".

About the Author

Douglas Ruskoff's previous books--including Cyberia and Media Virus--have been translated into thirteen languages. He is the Technology and Culture Consultant to the United Nations Commission on World Culture and a regular consultant to Fortune 500 companies, and he writes a bi-weekly column for the New York Times syndicate. He teaches at the Esalen Institute and Banff Center for the Arts, and will be adjunct professor of Media Sociology at New York University in 1999. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction: They Say

Chapter One: Hand-to-Hand

Chapter Two: Atmospherics

Chapter Three: Spectacle

Chapter Four: Public Relations

Chapter Five: Advertising

Chapter Six: Pyramids

Chapter Seven: Virtual Marketing

Postscript: Buyer's Remorse

Bibliography

Notes

Index

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sean.scott, February 10, 2007 (view all comments by sean.scott)
This is the most enjoyable and frightening book I've read about various forms of thought control in everyday life. Rushkoff explores and compares phenomena like cults, MLM schemes like Amway, neuro-linguistic programming, shopping mall design, and used car salesman training — which features a script almost identical to the one in a CIA interrogation manual obtained through the freedom of information act. I recommend this book to everyone, as it treats things that we all face, but I think it's an essential read for anyone interested in cults and mind control.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781573228299
Author:
Rushkoff, Douglas
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Persuasion (psychology)
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Sociology - Social Theory
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Persuasion.
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Aspects
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
106-820
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Noted media pundit and author of Playing the Future Douglas Rushkoff gives a devastating critique of the influence techniques behind our culture of rampant consumerism. With a skilled analysis of how experts in the fields of marketing, advertising, retail atmospherics, and hand-selling attempt to take away our ability to make rational decisions, Rushkoff delivers a bracing account of media ecology today, consumerism in America, and why we buy what we buy, helping us recognize when we're being treated like consumers instead of human beings.
"Synopsis" by , Why do we always listen to what "they" say? A noted media pundit gives a devastating critique of the influences behind the culture of rampant consumerism, showing how the media attempts to interfere with rational decision-making. "An essential book for anyone interested in the power of media and the mechanics of deception".
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