Virtual Futures presents media theorist, author, documentarian, and world-renowned public intellectual, Douglas Rushkoff who has has spent his prolific career thinking about how new media and technology are impacting culture, business, and the economy.
Named one of the world’s 10 most influential thinkers by MIT, Rushkoff has written 15 bestselling books and coined such concepts as “viral media,” “social currency,” and “digital natives.” His talks are a culmination of his pioneering work, and an infallible source of what’s to come.
Among his bestselling books, translated to over 30 languages, are Present Shock, an exploration of our instantaneous, always-on culture, Program or Be Programmed, a clarion call for digital literacy, and his newest, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity, a critique of the digital economy and a set of actionable principles for thriving within it. The Financial Times calls it “a brilliant, bomb-hurling critique of the flaws in our digital economy, identifying what has gone wrong and what can be done about it.” He has written hundreds of articles for publications ranging from New Scientist to The New York Times.
His all-new weekly podcast, Team Human, premiered across the airwaves, which Rushkoff describes as a “set of resources enabling human intervention in the economic, technological, and social programs that determine how we live, work, and interact.”