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A slide presentation of the quotes we found the most intriguing and thought provoking in Douglas Rushkoff's new book "Present Shock."

A slide presentation of the quotes we found the most intriguing and thought provoking in Douglas Rushkoff's new book "Present Shock."

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  • www.symbolist.com July 2013
  • Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 2 www.symbolist.com Don’t expect the content in the book Present Shock to solve any problems. It does however present a great discussion around how technology is changing how we view time and whether that change is impacting how we think and act. I found the book to be compelling enough to grab some quotes that resonated with me and put them into this slide show. The book is almost too dense to put together a “money quote” show (but I gave it a shot.) Anyone who is involved with social networks will find the concepts in this book very familiar. In fact, the arguments laid out in the book might be enough to get you to pull back from some of your social media properties and begin to focus on longer-term issues. I know I am now consciously inserting time in my day to focus on the future, focus on context more than current events and take a break from the constant stream of information in front of me. I highly recommend you take some time – buy the book and read it.
  • If the end of the twentieth century can be characterized by futurism, the twenty-first can be defined by Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 3 www.symbolist.com
  • Our society has reoriented itself to the present moment. Everything is live, real time, and always-on. It’s not a mere speeding up, however much our lifestyles and technologies have accelerated the rate at which we attempt to do things. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 4 www.symbolist.com
  • Rather, we tend to exist in a distracted present, where Our ability to create a plan—much less follow through on it—is undermined by our need to be able to improvise our way through any number of external impacts that stand to derail us at any moment. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 5 www.symbolist.com
  • Neuroscientists, mostly at the service of corporations looking to develop more compliant employees and consumers, are homing in on the way people make choices. But no matter how many subjects they put in their MRI machines, rather than those made by the lobes responsible for rational thought or consideration. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 6 www.symbolist.com
  • Behavioral economists exploit the growing disparity between our understanding of the present and that of the future, helping us see future debts as less relevant than current costs and leading us to make financial decisions against our own better interests. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 7 www.symbolist.com
  • Without a timeline through which to parse causes and effects, we instead attempt to draw connections from one thing to another in the frozen moment, even when such connections are forced or imaginary. Finally, we face “Apocalypto”— the way a , by almost any means necessary. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 8 www.symbolist.com
  • Narrativity is just the first of many things obsolesced by presentism, and the sense of trauma at losing linearity just the first of five main forms of present shock. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 9 www.symbolist.com
  • Experiencing the world as a series of stories helps create a sense of context. It is comforting and orienting. It helps smooth out obstacles and impediments by recasting them as bumps along the way to some better place—or at least an end to the journey. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 10 www.symbolist.com
  • How does the current story of career and retirement adjust to life spans increasing from the sixties to the one hundreds? How do fertility drugs change the timeline of motherhood, how does email change our conception of the workweek, and how do robots change the story of the relationship of labor to management? Or, in our current frame of reference, how does social networking change the goals of a revolution? Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 11 www.symbolist.com
  • As Aristotle explained, “When the storytelling in a culture goes bad the result is decadence.” Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 12 www.symbolist.com
  • Futurism became less about predicting the future than pandering to those who sought to maintain an expired past. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 13 www.symbolist.com
  • Leaders cannot get on top of issues, much less ahead of them, as they instead seek merely to respond to the emerging chaos in a way that makes them Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 14 www.symbolist.com
  • The descent of what used to be professional journalism into professional opining generates the sense that there is no objective truth. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 15 www.symbolist.com
  • From 1985 to 2005, the number of Americans unsure about evolution increased from 7 percent to 21 percent, resulting in a Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 16 www.symbolist.com
  • Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 17 www.symbolist.com
  • People are still analog. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 18 www.symbolist.com
  • The tension between the faux present of digital bombardment and the true now of a coherently living human generates the second kind of present shock, —digi for “digital,” and phrenia for “dissordered condition of mental activity.” Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 19 www.symbolist.com
  • Oral communication unites people in groups. Writing and reading are solitary activities that throw the psyche back on itself. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 20 www.symbolist.com
  • We must retrain ourselves instead to see the reward in the amount of time we get to spend in the reverie of solo contemplation or live engagement with another human being. Whatever is vibrating on the iPhone just isn’t as valuable as the eye contact you are making right now. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 21 www.symbolist.com
  • With the invention of text came the ability to draft contracts, which were some of the first documents ever written, and described agreements that endured over time. With contracts came accountability, and some ability to control what lay ahead. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 22 www.symbolist.com
  • A people was defined and its activities organized by its calendar, its holidays, and its memorials. Calendars tell a culture what matters both secularly and religiously. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 23 www.symbolist.com
  • Where calendars led people to think in terms of history, clocks led people to think in terms of productivity. Time was money. Only after the proliferation of the clock did the word “speed” enter the English vocabulary, or did “punctual”—which used to refer to a stickler for details—come to mean a person who arrived on time. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 24 www.symbolist.com
  • Digital time does not flow; it flicks. Like any binary, discrete decision, it is either here or there. In contrast to our experience of the passing of time, digital time is always in the now, or in no time. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 25 www.symbolist.com
  • There is stored time—the stuff that gets bound up by information and symbols. And then there is flowing time—the stuff that happens in the moment and then is gone. One needs to be unpacked. For the other, you have to be there. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 26 www.symbolist.com
  • Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 27 www.symbolist.com Catching up with Twitter is like staying up all night to catch up on live streaming stock quotes from yesterday. The value was in the now—which at this point is really just a then time.
  • There is no safe time. If we are truly to take time away from the program, we feel we must disconnect altogether and live “off the grid,” as if we were members of a different, predigital era. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 28 www.symbolist.com
  • Using past data to steer the future, however, Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 29 www.symbolist.com
  • These analysts are describing the new turbulence of a present-shock universe where no longer an event that happens, but a Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 30 www.symbolist.com
  • We are similarly disoriented by digital time, for it tends to mix and match different scales simultaneously. A date twenty years in the future has the same size box in the Google calendar as the one tomorrow or next week. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 31 www.symbolist.com
  • Like an astronaut traveling at light speed for just a few seconds who returns to an Earth on which ninety years have passed, our digital selves exist in a time unhinged from that of our bodies. Eventually the two realities conflict, leading to present shock. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 32 www.symbolist.com
  • We compress history into words, stories, and symbols that allow living people to learn and benefit from the experiences of the dead. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 33 www.symbolist.com
  • We create symbols, or what Korzybski calls abstractions, in order to represent things to one another and our descendants more efficiently. They can be icons, brands, religious symbols, familiar tropes, or anything that compresses information bigger than itself. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 34 www.symbolist.com
  • Remember, corporations themselves were born to counteract the peer-to-peer, every-which-way connectivity of the bazaar. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 35 www.symbolist.com
  • So instead of telling us the true story of the factory, the corporation tells us the story of how elves baked the cookies in a hollow tree. This is what is known as brand mythology; Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 36 www.symbolist.com
  • When everything is rendered instantly accessible via Google and iTunes, the entirety of Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 37 www.symbolist.com
  • Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 38 www.symbolist.com The ancients understood that instead of a strength. In more recent history, written records would often be expunged after a period of time, a person could move to a new neighborhood and start over, or a bankruptcy cleared after seven years.
  • So it’s not only our past, but our futures that are compressed into the present, as well. We end up in —filled with contradiction and paralyzed by both the weight of an indelible history and the anticipation of a preordained fate. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 39 www.symbolist.com
  • Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 40 www.symbolist.com Because we can’t actually be more than one person at the same time, we experience digiphrenia instead of sync. The mistake so many of us make with digital technology is to imitate rather than simply exploit its multitasking capabilities. We try to maximize our efficiency by distributing our resources instead of lining them up.
  • The amount of time between purchase (or even earning) and gratification has shrunk to nothing—so much so that the purchase itself is more rewarding than consuming whatever it is that has been bought. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 41 www.symbolist.com
  • The beauty of a flow-based economy is that it favors those who actively create value. The problem is that it disfavors those who are used to reaping passive rewards. Aristocratic landowning families had stayed rich for centuries simply by being rich in the first place. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 42 www.symbolist.com
  • The emergence of credit cards, federally preapproved residential mortgages, and other lines of credit in the mid-twentieth century served a growth economy in two ways. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 43 www.symbolist.com Second, the First, and most simply, it gave people a way to buy more stuff now than they actually had money to buy. This is pure time compression:
  • Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 44 www.symbolist.com Hoarding money was no longer a liability but the surest means to greater wealth.
  • When the only value left is time, the world becomes a clock. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 45 www.symbolist.com
  • In the real world, Our gestures, tone of voice, facial expressions, and even the size of our irises at any given moment tell the other person much more than our words do. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 46 www.symbolist.com These are the cues we use to gauge whether someone is listening to us, agrees with us, is attracted to us, or wants us to shut up.
  • As long as we live as individuals, the distant future doesn’t really matter so much. The philosophy of the long now would suggest that the only way to see past this immediate, consumer-era self-satisfaction is to look further in the future. Money Quotes - Present Shock by Douglas Rushkoff 47 www.symbolist.com
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