Thursday, April 4, 2013, 7:00 P.M., City Light Bookstore, San Francisco
discussing his new book
Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now
from Current, an imprint of Penguin Books
An award-winning author explores how the world works in our age of "continuous now"
PRESENT SHOCK is a meditation on the anxious state of our time, as caused by the technologies that we’re increasingly dependant upon. It analyzes the cognitive dissonance created by the futile attempt to reconcile our digital selves with our physical brains and bodies, as well as our inability to keep up with Twitter, email, and how life-as-livestream has fragmented our worlds and created a ripple effect across our world. Award-winning media theorist Doug adroitly pulls together seemingly disparate threads and weaves them into one cultural narrative, from the rise of the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street to zombie apocalypse fiction to the collapse of markets and beyond.
Douglas Rushkoff is a world-renowned media theorist who has been an authority on the intersection of technology and culture since before the word “google” was anything more than baby talk. His twelve books, including Program or Be Programmed, Life, Inc., and Cyberia have won prestigious awards and have been translated into thirty languages. He is a commentator on CNN and a contributor to Time, Discover, and NPR. He also made the PBS documentaries Merchants of Cool, The Persuaders, and Digital Nation. For more info, please visit http://www.rushkoff.com/.