argues that we are being overwhelmed by technological advances. He looks at how our society is reacting to this new media world.
People spent the twentieth century obsessed with the future. We created technologies that would help connect us faster, gather news, map the planet, compile knowledge, and connect with anyone, at anytime. We strove for an instantaneous network where time and space could be compressed.
Well, the future’s arrived. We live in a continuous now enabled by Twitter, email, and a so-called real-time technological shift. Yet this “now” is an elusive goal that we can never quite reach. And the dissonance between our digital selves and our analog bodies has thrown us into a new state of anxiety: Present Shock
Douglas Rushkoff teaches at New York University and The New School and is a technology and media commentator for CNN.
Source: BookTV: Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now
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