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    DescriptionThe debate over whether the Net is good or bad for us fills the airwaves and the blogosphere. But for all the heat of claim and counter-claim, the argument is essentially beside the point: It’s here; it’s everywhere. The real question is, do we direct technology, or do we let ourselves be directed by it and those who have mastered it? ?Choose the former,” writes Rushkoff, ?and you gain access to the control panel of civilization. Choose the latter, and it could be the last real choice you get to make.” In ten chapters, composed of ten ?commands” accompanied by original illustrations from comic artist Leland Purvis, Rushkoff provides cyber enthusiasts and technophobes alike with the guidelines to navigate this new universe.In this spirited, accessible poetics of new media, Rushkoff picks up where Marshall McLuhan left off, helping readers come to recognize programming as the new literacy of the digital age??and as a template through which to see beyond social conventions and power structures that have vexed us for centuries. This is a friendly little book with a big and actionable message.

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    Program or be Programmed
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Douglas Rushkoff
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 154
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 172 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 118 g
    ISBN 13: 9781593764265
    ISBN 10: 159376426X

    BIC E4L: COM
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S10.0
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BISAC V2.8: SOC052000
    BIC subject category V2: JFD
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BIC subject category V2: UBJ, PDR
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    BISAC V2.8: TEC052000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27320
    DC21: 303.4833
    BISAC V2.8: COM079000
    DC22: 303.48/33, 303.4833
    LC subject heading: , , , , ,
    LC classification: HM851 .R86 2011
    Thema V1.0: JBCT, PDR, UBJ
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Shoemaker & Hoard, Div of Avalon Publishing Group Inc
    Imprint name
    Shoemaker & Hoard, Div of Avalon Publishing Group Inc
    Publication date
    26 September 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Washington, DC
    Review quote
    Praise for "Program or Be Programmed" "Now that much of what Rushkoff has predicted over the years has come to pass, he is uniquely qualified to write what may be one of the most important and instructive books of our times: "Program or be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age." In it, he outlines ten different ideas that information technology is biased towards; biases that can cause discord in our lives. However, rather than predicting that the sky is falling, Rushkoff gives practical and actionable advice on how to turn those biases into advantages." --"Wired" "Lucid and consequential . . . a subtle and substantiated call for (missing) humanity in networked daily life." --Neural.it "Thinking twice about our use of digital media, what our practices are doing to us, and what we are doing to each other, is one of the most important priorities people have today--and Douglas Rushkoff gives us great guidelines for doing that thinking. Read this before and after you Tweet, Facebook, email or YouTube." --Howard Rheingold "Douglas Rushkoff is one of the great thinkers--and writers--of our time." --Timothy Leary "Rushkoff is damn smart. As someone who understood the digital revolution faster and better than almost anyone, he shows how the internet is a social transformer that should change the way your business culture operates." --Walter Isaacson "What's the difference between being able to operate in the web, and being able to thrive there? The difference is in being able to understand the how and why of this new world. In ten chapters or commands, Douglas Rushkoff lays out how to live in this new world. Some of this advice will seem straightforward, some of it will need explanation, and some of it will seem more than a little counterintuitive. But all of it is delivered with verve and insight that makes you rethink your interactions on the web. Are you driving your life here, or only a passenger? If you want to get your