"Program or be Programmed"
Douglas Rushkoff has written a great book. Program or be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age. It covers a lot of ideas that society is struggling with. Things like, always being online. Yet this asynchronus communication seems to be pushing us harder, even though we have all the time in the world to reply. Or living in person, instead of people that are out an about yet always tweeting about it, sending real-time photos, or scanning Facebook for a more happing place than theyíre in right now.
He also touches on identity, and how anonymity encourages mob like behavior. I admit that I use my own pen name, but I stand behind it, and I do take responsibility for what I say online. And of course he talks about programming at the end, and how people should take steps to understand the technology they use. Programming is the zenith of digital technology, and Rushkoff makes the point that you can program or become the program.
This is a short book coming in at 150 pages, but it gives a glimpse of the digital revolution and the biases built within it. Itís concise, and gives plenty of examples of the problems weíre facing. Itís a must read for anybody trying to understand the digital age.
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