Review: Life Inc. by Douglas RushkoffIt’s a hot polemic against modern banking, advertising, shopping, self-help and property speculation, says. In Life Inc., award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker, and scholar Douglas Rushkoff traces how corporations went from being convenient legal fictions to. Now includes “The Life Inc. Guide to Reclaiming the Value You Create” In Life Inc , award-winning writer Douglas Rushkoff traces how corporations.
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They had outsourced their outsourcing to another company in China that hadn’t yet determined who had gotten which food. Rushkoff beings the book with an anecdote: Is anything, it is the other way around: Likewise, each tiny choice we make to take back our world leads to a long chain of positive effects.
Researchers observed that shortly after entering a mall, a person’s expression went blank. However, the authors solution only works if you live in the US, which frankly got annoying. Monetarism and its critique of Keynes is the main idea used in Reagonomics.
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It goes to government-corporation interlocks, which shouldn’t be surprising to true progressives. From the founding of the first chartered monopoly to the branding of the self; from the invention of central currency to the privatization of banking; from the birth of the modern, self-interested individual rushkogf his exploitation through the false ideal of the single-family home; from the Victorian Great Exhibition to the solipsism of Rushkiff corporation has infiltrated all aspects of our daily lives.
The Meaning of “Life Inc.”–a Conversation With Author Douglas Rushkoff
But who grants us permission to delight in the pain of others? It feels as if the argument was decided upon then material was gathered to confirm it, rather than explore whether or not it held water.
First, there’s the analysis of the problem. Preview — Life Inc. Which are beautiful and valuable, but ultimately, I’m rather skeptical that they will do anything to combat a totalizing corporate reality.
Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take it Back by Douglas Rushkoff
The easiest ways through this are: But those were local currencies, grain receipts really, that lost value over time so people spent them. Close to home, though, they didn’t see much use.
The Corporation click my link to take you to their site. I listened to the Audible edition, read by the author.
Book review: Life Inc.
Jan 05, KMO rated it it was amazing Shelves: On the one hand, it raises very interesting, mostly well-argumented points about how capitalism and consumerism created or dougla into every aspect of life. As the speculative economy collapses under its own weight, Life Inc shows us how to build a real and human-scaled society to take its place.
Loved the opening story about getting mugged, reporting it, and getting bitched out by his neighbors for “reducing property value. People no longer relied on the butcher or baker down the street—now they placed their trust in Duglas Ben and Aunt Jemima. His main message – that our modern economy is not “natural” but the product of deliberate decisions designed to favour some interests over others – is worth emphasising, even if the author, mocking some housing for its footprint of “seven hundred and fifty square feet, barely enough space for one bedroom”, does give the impression of railing against modernity from the vantage point of a palace.
On the other hand, it almost completely ignores any positive aspect of the stories it tells; “coming from” Harari’s balanced and nuanced Sapiens: The managerial classes standardized processes as to hire the least qualified and most replaceable laborers around.
Whereas the initial cyberpunk renderings of cyberspace and virtual reality seem very quaint douglax years on, corporate statehood remains a viable and fearsome proposition.
The purpose of these anecdotes is to humanize the ideas and make them more palatable. In any case propagandists for the free market like Reagan didn’t appeal to game theory to justify their arguments. He talks about the earliest chartered corporations–monopolies licensed by the crown–and how they were designed to extract value from the periphery India, Asia, Africa, the Americas and bring it to the center.
The subtitle implies that this book will be a history lesson followed by advice on how to overthrow our inhuman corporate overlords. In fact, according to Rushkoff, the period of the middle ages when local money circulated side-by-side with centralized money brought Europe to a peak of affluence it had not seen since the Roman empire, and would not see again until the industrial revolution. So I suppose Rushkoff is at heart a polemicist, and a very good one. With a few exceptions, corporate charters no longer grant monopolies, but by now the whole structure of the economy is designed to favor corporate thinking and to facility its original purpose of drawing the value in to the center.
The idea that someone might actually take less pay to achieve something important for society just doesn’t compute in Rushkoff’s mental “operating system. The corporation is evil, he seems to believe, and the source of much tha I listened to the complete version of this, read by the author whose high voice adds to the overall peevishness of the work and found it very interesting and engaging throughout.
You understand, pretty much. Douglas Rushkoff makes his mark on our future by detailing the history of Corporate Capitalism as the political and economic reality of the modern world. Public relations was invented by corporate publicists to present “facts” to promote corporate interests to individuals through the national media-and thus direct the group mind. It always reminds me And it has nothing to do with your attitudes towards corporate control.