Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus

How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity

Author: Douglas Rushkoff

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698153669

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

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Why doesn’t the explosive growth of companies like Facebook and Uber deliver more prosperity for everyone? What is the systemic problem that sets the rich against the poor and the technologists against everybody else? When protesters shattered the windows of a bus carrying Google employees to work, their anger may have been justifiable, but it was misdirected. The true conflict of our age isn’t between the unem­ployed and the digital elite, or even the 99 percent and the 1 percent. Rather, a tornado of technological improvements has spun our economic program out of control, and humanity as a whole—the protesters and the Google employees as well as the shareholders and the executives—are all trapped by the consequences. It’s time to optimize our economy for the human beings it’s supposed to be serving. In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed media scholar and author Douglas Rushkoff tells us how to combine the best of human nature with the best of modern technology. Tying together disparate threads—big data, the rise of robots and AI, the increasing participation of algorithms in stock market trading, the gig economy, the collapse of the eurozone—Rushkoff provides a critical vocabulary for our economic moment and a nuanced portrait of humans and commerce at a critical crossroads.

Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stupid

Changing Feelings about Technology, from the Telegraph to Twitter

Author: Luke Fernandez,Susan J. Matt

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 067498370X

Category: Computers

Page: 416

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Facebook makes us lonely. Selfies breed narcissism. On Twitter, hostility reigns. Pundits and psychologists warn that digital technologies substantially alter our emotional states. But Luke Fernandez and Susan Matt show that technology doesn't just affect how we feel from moment to moment--it changes profoundly the underlying emotions themselves.

In the Weeds

Author: Daniel Browne

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781939430205

Category: Fiction

Page: 265

View: 7871


Will's career in New York City politics has fizzled out. When a connected colleague and an ambitious restaurateur ask for his help founding a farm in a neglected part of Brooklyn, he sees an opportunity to reinvent himself like all the picklers, beekeepers, and kombucha brewers he's been reading about. In the Weeds is a cautionary tale and a satire of a time not too long ago when Brooklyn the place became Brooklyn the idea."Dan Browne's tale of well-meaning Brooklynism will ring true for anyone who has tried to get beneath the patina of Park Slope's brownstones and actually engage the white folks inside them. A satirical yet sympathetic look back at a moment when bike lanes would change everything." --Douglas Rushkoff, author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn? Not so fast. Idiosyncratic and funny, deliciously satirical and bittersweet, Dan Browne's tale of good intentions smacking into entrenched bureaucracy (and New York factionalization)) is above all, utterly original. Part contemporary vision quest, part redemption song, it happily slips every label and rolls on, taking the reader with it." --Mark Slouka, author of All That Is Left Is All That Matters"Told with humility, humor, and heart, In the Weeds shows how even when you plant a seed with the best intentions, there's no telling how you're going to grow." --Vanessa Davis, author of Spaniel Rage


Author: Glenda Barnes Bozeman

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738566870

Category: History

Page: 95

View: 8054


Known as the "Heart of Georgia," Macon was an affluent city by the time of the Civil War and escaped the destruction that accompanied Sherman's march to the sea. During Macon's prosperous Victorian period, opulent residences and ornate public buildings were constructed; these, along with those of the antebellum period, have been preserved.