Thursday, April 11, 7:30 PM
Douglas Rushkoff presents his book Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now
In conversation with Jessica Stockton Bagnulo of Greenlight Bookstore
Author, teacher, and documentarian Douglas Rushkoff writes about the ways people, cultures, and institutions create, share, and influence each other's values. His new book Present Shock focuses on the effects of “presentism”: the disorienting sense of living in an eternal now created by instantaneous and constant communication. Rushkoff weaves together seemingly disparate events and trends into a rich, nuanced portrait of how life in the eter¬nal present has affected our biology, behavior, politics, and culture, from zombie fiction to the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, and the choices individuals and communities face about how to live in the present. Rushkoff talks with Greenlight co-owner Jessica Stockton Bagnulo about the ideas in his book – in particular the place of localism movements and independent bookstores in the trends and counter-trends of our presentist moment.