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Douglas Rushkoff Seminar, Mon., 4/29, 6:30-8:00 pm, Columbia University

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TEAM HUMAN


Speaker: DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF, author, Team Human


Though created by humans, our technologies, markets, and institutions often contain an antihuman agenda. Douglas Rushkoff, digital theorist and host of the NPR-One podcast Team Human, reveals the dynamics of this antihuman machinery and invites us to remake these aspects of society in ways that foster our humanity.

Rushkoff TED Talk:

In 100 aphoristic statements, his manifesto exposes how forces for human connection have turned into ones of isolation and repression: money, for example, has transformed from a means of exchange to a means of exploitation, and education has become an extension of occupational training. Digital-age technologies have only amplified these trends, presenting the greatest challenges yet to our collective autonomy: robots taking our jobs, algorithms directing our attention, and social media undermining our democracy.

But all is not lost. It’s time for Team Human to take a stand, regenerate the social bonds that define us and, together, make a positive impact on this earth.

Named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT, Douglas Rushkoff is an author and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age. His twenty books include the just-published Team Human, based on his podcast, as well as the bestsellers Present Shock, Throwing Rocks and the Google Bus, Program or Be Programmed, Life Inc, and Media Virus. He also made the PBS Frontline documentaries Generation Like, The Persuaders, and Merchants of Cool. His book Coercion won the Marshall McLuhan Award, and the Media Ecology Association honored him with the first Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity. Rushkoff’s work explores how different technological environments change our relationship to narrative, money, power, and one another. He coined such concepts as “viral media,” “screenagers,” and “social currency,” and has been a leading voice for applying digital media toward social and economic justice.
Dinner: Because of the earlier start-time and a book-sale event at 6:00, we will not gather for supper prior to this Seminar.

Directions: Faculty House is located on Columbia University’s campus at 116th Street and Broadway. Take the #1 train to 116th St./Columbia University, or one of these 4 buses: M4, M5, M11, and M104. Enter the campus through the main gates on Broadway and 116th St. Enter Wien Courtyard through the gates on 116 Street between Amsterdam Ave. and Morningside Drive. Walk toward the north end of the courtyard, then turn right toward Morningside Drive. Faculty House will be the last building on the right. Dinner is usually in the fourth floor dining room. Look for a sign in the lobby that will indicate the meeting room.

Contact: Ronald Gross, grossassoc@aol.com

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