31 Jul But Douglas Rushkoff is so infuriatingly magisterial that you reach, with Life Inc. is as fluent and well-researched as any of his books – but its. 3 Jul Review: Life Inc. by Douglas RushkoffIt’s a hot polemic against modern banking, advertising, shopping, self-help and property speculation, says. Now includes “The Life Inc. Guide to Reclaiming the Value You Create” In Life Inc , award-winning writer Douglas Rushkoff traces how corporations.
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In some cases, there were supportive footnotes but in others, no — they were just conclusions Mr. Rushkoff drew having interpreted information a particular way. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Quotes from Ruahkoff Inc.: Jun 14, Enrique Santos rated it liked it. This book has an interesting focus, how corporations rule our lives despite it being an outdated think medieval.
Unbound Worlds Exploring the science fiction and fantasy universe. Rushkoff can be paraphased as follows: This book will help. I am not a historian and I didn’t check any of his assertions, but he makes a lot of them, some of which seemed half-baked to me.
We now express our identities through brands and media channels. Divided and conquer, as a people but mostly as a mental environment. The evolution of the internet recapitulates rushkorf process through which corporatism took hold of our society. Well yes, our government was equally or even deeper in the pockets of corporate elites prior and during the depression of the thirties. So we may have to abandon an economic model that was based on the colonial expansions of Renaissance nations, and look towards a more sophisticated, less regulated and protectionist landscape.
View all 4 comments. The real estate map became the territory.
Also, whereas people used to buy food and goods from their neighbours, with the rise of factories and trains they no longer knew where their purchases came from. From medieval history to the concept of competing currencies, it’s not the usual left-wing book.
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Life Inc – Rushkoff
From the Hardcover edition. Read his later book Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus for a more developed thesis. To me, a great deal of this history was a rehash of the most excellent documentary series The Century of the Self The full series can be found on Google Video. Rushkoff is no theorist. A lot of mental gymnastics, all so as to avoid any respons Factual inaccuracies aside, how can a person be this one sided?
This tends to happen along with a major life change or loss: About Douglas Rushkoff Douglas Rushkoff is a widely known media critic and documentarian. Rushkoff also has an entertainingly snappy turn of phrase: This is purely a technical aid in ensuring accurate accounts.
The irony is that our modern Tea Party movement shares the same angst as the original one but without the clarity of understanding the connection between Corporatism and their frustration.
Rushkoff was jarred into this revelation after being mugged outside his home and being told by neighbors to keep quiet dogulas it might hurt property values. The concept is at the core of our current crisis.
And here’s where I get lazy. Only as realistic as the survival of our economy on a geopolitical landscape that no longer accepts the expansion of our markets as given. Want oife take a stab at how high that number rose by ? Jun 02, Minutes. Isn’t it ironic that Reagan shut down looney bins as part of his cost cutting of big government? The battle between those who argued for decentralization and those who advocated a strong federal government capable of granting corporate charters was waged xouglas the 19th century.
We cannot market our way out of corporatism. We were told the perfect society is one we could own a stake in, through owning a home and a car and our own piece of suburban perfection.
Rushkoff seems split over a chronological or thematic ijc to his argument … so he kind of goes for both. If you are just getting started in questioning capitalism or corporatism, Rushkoff is going to walk you through it. We’ve dragged the rest of the world along, yielding a race to the bottom as municipalities and then nations competed to offer corporate handouts for attracting major companies.
A world gone mad
For instance, corporations could only be chartered by states, not by the federal government, so that they could be regulated locally by those affected by their activities. I highly advise that anyone that reads through this book take Rushkoff’s analysis with a grain of salt, at times rushkodf seems to brush his view in broad strokes over a situation.
That sounds awfully similar to the Secret or those other self-help scams you were talking about earlier, Douglas. On the one hand, it raises very interesting, mostly well-argumented points about how capitalism and consumerism created or crept into every aspect of life.