How Growth Became The Enemy Of Prosperity w/ Prof. Douglas Rushkoff

from Follow the Money



Why doesn’t the explosive growth of companies like Facebook and Uber deliver more prosperity for everyone?

In this segment, Christian economist Jerry Robinson discusses the limits of economic growth with popular media theorist and author, Professor Douglas Rushkoff. Dr. Rushkoff also discusses his latest book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity.

Dr. Rushkoff is a critic of the present financial system and a long-time champion for open-source solutions instead of closed-loop corporate/government solutions.

According to the inside cover of his latest book:

“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.”

BOOK: Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus

BOOK: Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now

In this interview, we ask Dr. Douglas Rushkoff several thought-provoking questions, such as:

How has modern technology led our society to being more consumption-driven than ever?

How can peer-to-peer technology of the Internet be applied to America’s education system?

How is the idea of “perpetual growth” bankrupting our society?
Explain one of your quotes: “If you are not a programmer, you are one of the programmed”.

The introduction of written text led to Judaism, the printing press led to Protestantism. What will be the result of humanity’s new digital era of computer programming?

Plus, Douglas explains an epiphany he had as a young man that humans are meant to function in a “read-write” world, but instead we are existing in a “read-only” world.

Enjoy the interview!

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