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Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age
     

Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age

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by Douglas Rushkoff, Leland Purvis
 

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ISBN-10: 159376426X

ISBN-13: 9781593764265

Pub. Date: 09/06/2011

Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.

The debate over whether the Net is good or bad for us fills the airwaves and the blogosphere. But for all the heat of claim and counter-claim, the argument is essentially beside the point: It’s here; it’s everywhere. The real question is, do we direct technology, or do we let ourselves be directed by it and those who have mastered it? “Choose

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The debate over whether the Net is good or bad for us fills the airwaves and the blogosphere. But for all the heat of claim and counter-claim, the argument is essentially beside the point: It’s here; it’s everywhere. The real question is, do we direct technology, or do we let ourselves be directed by it and those who have mastered it? “Choose the former,” writes Rushkoff, “and you gain access to the control panel of civilization. Choose the latter, and it could be the last real choice you get to make.”

In ten chapters, composed of ten “commands” accompanied by original illustrations from comic artist Leland Purvis, Rushkoff provides cyber enthusiasts and technophobes alike with the guidelines to navigate this new universe.

In this spirited, accessible poetics of new media, Rushkoff picks up where Marshall McLuhan left off, helping readers come to recognize programming as the new literacy of the digital age––and as a template through which to see beyond social conventions and power structures that have vexed us for centuries. This is a friendly little book with a big and actionable message.

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ISBN-13:
9781593764265
Publisher:
Soft Skull Press, Inc.
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
288,760
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.44(d)

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Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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angrycustomer More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Rushkoff fan. Surely he was offered some sweet deal by Amazon to go exclusive with the digital version. Sorry Rushkoff, won't buy this until it's available in a non-propietary format.