Present shock : when everything happens now / Douglas Rushkoff.
Author: Rushkoff, Douglas.
Publisher: New York : Current, 2013.
ISBN: 9781591844761 (hbk.)
Description: vii, 296 p. ; 22 cm.
Subject: Technology Social aspects.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Social Aspects. bisacsh
Contents: Narrative collapse -- Digiphrenia : breaking up is hard to do -- Overwinding : the short forever -- Fractalnoia : finding patterns in the feedback -- Apocalypto.
Summary: "In the 1970s futurism was in. But looking forward has become a thing of the past. According to Rushkoff, "presentism" is the new ethos of a society that's always on, in real time, updating live. Rushkoff shows how this trend is both exhilarating and disorienting. This was the goal of technology--outsourcing our memory was supposed to free us up to focus on the present. But we are in danger of squandering this cognitive surplus on trivia. Rushkoff shows how we can instead ground ourselves in the reality of the present tense"--