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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Reprint edition (24 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781617230103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617230103
  • ASIN: 1617230103
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.9 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 520,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is a wondrously thought-provoking book. Unlike other social theorists who either mindlessly decry or celebrate the digital age, Rushkof f explores how it has caused a focus on the immediate moment that can be both disorienting and energizing."
--Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs

"Rushkoff gives readers a healthy dose of perspective, insight, and critical analysis that's sure to get minds spinning and tongues wagging."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"In this refreshing antidote to promises of digital Utopia, Rushkoff articulates his own well-informed second thoughts. We should pay close attention--while we still can."
--George Dyson, author of Turing's Cathedral and Darwin Among the Machines

"If you read one book next year to help you make sense of the present moment, let it be Present Shock."
--Anthony Wing Kosner, Forbes.com

"Present Shock holds up new lenses and offers new narratives about what might be happening to us and why, compelling readers to look at the larger repercussions of today's technologically mediated social practices, from texting to checking in with a location-based service, jet-lag to The Simpsons, in new ways."
--Howard Rheingold, author of Net Smart

"A wide-ranging social and cultural critique, Present Shock artfully weaves through many different materials as it makes its point: we are exhilarated, drugged, and consumed by the now. But we need to attend to the future before us and embrace the present in a more constructive way."
--Sherry Turkle, author of Alone Together

"With brilliant insight Rushkoff once again gets there early, making us confront the new world of 'presentism'--the shif t in our focus from the future to the present, from the horizon-gazing to the experience of here and now. He points to signs of presentism all around us--in how we conduct politics, interact with media, and negotiate relationships."
--Marina Gorbis, executive director, Institute for the Future

About the Author

Douglas Rushkoff is the author of many bestselling books on media, technology and culture, including Present Shock, Program or Be Programmed and Media Virus. He is Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens. He wrote the graphic novels Testament and A.D.D., and made the television documentaries Generation Like, Merchants of Cool, The Persuaders, and Digital Nation. He lives in New York, and lectures about media, society and economics around the world.


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