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Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus
Author: Douglas Rushkoff

ISBN: 9781617230172
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1 March 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.7 x 2.8
Capital in the Twenty-First Century meets The Second Machine Agein this stunning and optimistic tour de force on the promise and peril of the digital economy, from one of the most brilliant social critics of our time.

The digital economy was supposed to create a new age of prosperity. But so far it has only exacerbated the worst excesses of capitalism: the gap between winners and losers gets more extreme as the 1% extract more value from the rest of us. Facebook resells our data for billions, while self-driving cars threaten to put already impoverished Uber drivers out of work. Algorithms drain our 401ks on Wall Street while on the streets of San Francisco, angry locals pelt rocks at the Google bus. Yet at the heart of the conflict between capitalism and the utopian values of the digital age lies a huge opportunity to usher in a new economic Renaissance--if we seize it now.

Media scholar and technology author Douglas Rushkoff--one of today's most original and influential thinkers--identifies this economic turning point. Instead of automating and accelerating the extractive economy, digital techno...

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