Team human

by Rushkoff, Douglas,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
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Brentwood Library Nonfiction 303.4 Rushkoff
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Porchlight's Management and Workplace Culture Book of The Year

"A provocative, exciting, and important rallying cry to reassert our human spirit of community and teamwork." --Walter Isaacson

Team Human is a manifesto--a fiery distillation of preeminent digital theorist Douglas Rushkoff's most urgent thoughts on civilization and human nature. In one hundred lean and incisive statements, he argues that we are essentially social creatures, and that we achieve our greatest aspirations when we work together--not as individuals. Yet today society is threatened by a vast antihuman infrastructure that undermines our ability to connect. Money, once a means of exchange, is now a means of exploitation; education, conceived as way to elevate the working class, has become another assembly line; and the internet has only further divided us into increasingly atomized and radicalized groups.

Team Human delivers a call to arms. If we are to resist and survive these destructive forces, we must recognize that being human is a team sport. In Rushkoff's own words: "Being social may be the whole point." Harnessing wide-ranging research on human evolution, biology, and psychology, Rushkoff shows that when we work together we realize greater happiness, productivity, and peace. If we can find the others who understand this fundamental truth and reassert our humanity--together--we can make the world a better place to be human.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Rushkoff (Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, 2016) pieces together a narrative, delivered through 100 statements, that demonstrates how the things that are supposed to bring us together pull us apart. For example, money has become a means for exploitation rather than for exchange. Rushkoff also spurs readers to think about how the world is being adapted to accommodate technology such as self-driving cars, items that will possibly be affordable to few and will change our physical space. And though artificial intelligence works out computational challenges, it will never reflect human feelings or adhere to a set of values. His statements touch on a wide range of subjects, from education and politics to the home and the workplace. Throughout, he implores us to connect and provides evidence that shows that humans can achieve more if we work together. Team Human is designed to be picked up and digested a few ideas at a time, much like Rushkoff's NPR podcast of the same name. This book will be a catalyst for conversations on what it means to be human.--Jennifer Adams Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Digital technology is destroying social bonds with wide-ranging and dire consequences, according to this scattershot jeremiad. Rushkoff (Program or Be Programmed), a professor of media theory and host of NPR's Team Human podcast, argues that the internet and social media are enacting a "social annihilation" that leaves individuals isolated, alienated, addicted to screens, vulnerable to consumerist propaganda, and imbued with a computer-flavored worldview that makes them "experience people as dehumanized replications of memes" and "treat one another as machines." These notions, along with anticapitalist posturing, frame a disjointed rehash of leftish sociocultural concerns, from the looming robot takeover to the inauthenticity of digital sound compared to vinyl. Rushkoff's theorizing is more free-associative metaphor than serious analysis-he contends that "politicians of the digital media environment pull out of global trade blocs and demand the construction of walls" because of the one-versus-zero character of binary computer code-and yields claims about the real world that are often ill-informed or just plain absurd ("We will need a major, civilization-changing innovation to occur on a monthly or even weekly basis in order to support the rate of growth demanded by the underlying [capitalist economy's] operating system"). People seeking a more connected, sustainable future should look for a better game plan than Rushkoff's screed. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Social change.
Community development.
Social isolation.
Technological innovations -- Social aspects.
Social evolution.
Group problem solving.
Publisher New York :W. W. Norton & Company,2019
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes "Our technologies, markets, and cultural institutions--once forces for human connection and expression--now isolate and repress us. It's time to remake society together, not as individual players but as the team we actually are: team human"--Cover.
Team human -- Social animals -- Learning to lie -- Figure and ground -- The digital media environment -- Mechanomorphism -- Economics -- Artificial intelligence -- From paradox to awe -- Spirituality and ethics -- Natural science -- Renaissance now -- Organize -- You are not alone.
Description 243 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-243).
ISBN 9780393651690
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