It’s Rushkoff who we owe many of our contemporary terms, including “viral media” and “social currency.” Currently Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at the City University of New York, his most recent books is Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now.
Below are Doug Rushkoff’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.
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Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
This is a novel, but it's all basically the true story of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. It describes the LSD experience as well as its cultural implications in a way that anyone can grasp and feel. It's also a contemporary novelist at the height of his powers. It was crucial for my own development, showing me how to find and chronicle a seemingly esoteric movement. It was my model for my first real book, Cyberia.
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth
R. Buckminster Fuller
He realized that our problems are not innate to existence, but problems of design. This book is by far the most accessible of what he has written, and took maybe two hours to read. But it encapsulates the notion that "specialization" wasn't necessarily about getting better at stuff; it was about preventing any one person from knowing too much.
The translation is god-awful but a new one should be out before too long. Huizinga says that we aren't homo sapiens (man the knower) but homo ludens - man the player. Dogs don't play as practice for the hunt, they hunt to have energy to play.
$155.93 Fifth Business
$172.83 I Lost it at the Movies
$231.75 Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, and Fair
$164.54 The Quiet American
$171.79 The Blue Flower
by Penelope Fitzgerald
$168.85 The Narrow Road to the Deep North
$141.81 The Talented Mr Ripley
Justin Vivian Bond
$169.79 Eustace Chisholm And The Works
$156.47 The Brigadier and the Golf Widow
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