NAMLE Interviews Douglas Rushkoff (Video)

Douglas Rushkoff is a best-selling author, award-winning documentary filmmaker, and regularly lectures on the intersection of media, art, and society.  His new book, Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age, is a highly readable manifesto about the impact of the digital environment on human behavior.  In this interview the point-of-view outlined in the book is discussed, as well as its relationship to the field of media literacy education.  You can learn more about Mr. Rushkoff and his work at

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Andrea Ellis Interviews Douglas Rushkoff

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4 responses to “NAMLE Interviews Douglas Rushkoff (Video)

  1. Pingback: Marketplace Special: Douglas Rushkoff, Program or be Programmed : National Association for Media Literacy Education·

  2. A New language has the power to “change the game”, let me explain.

    It was a new language that took us from CDs to MP3s. MP3 can only exist in the fiction world we call TCP/IP (the internet). So an Idea (fiction) now becomes part on the “internet consciousness” consciousness exist in humanity, Copyrights and Patents exist in $ociety. We have been griped by $ociety and the idea of owner$hip but look to the Indigenous and Aboriginals and you will see this is not a practice they subscribe too. So the “laws” we follow are “broken” in a way similar to the “fax machine”…. the “fax machine” is built on a language QAM whereas Email is built on TCP/IP… Our laws are built on English… This leads us to a rediscovery… LANGUAGE IS A TECHNOLOGY… is there a reason the Romans set out to “Latinize” the “barbarians”? ref:
    LANGUAGE creates worlds eg: the internet… Law… Music (frequency)… Engineering… math…telephony… etc.

    Conclusion: Break the language that holds us in $ociety and watch a surge in Humanity that this earth has been waiting for. (We are all connected its our language technology that keeps us competing (separate))

    btw. You Can’t play a “new game” with the pieces of the “old game” (said another way, you cant play “Twister” with the “Monopoly” board and pieces)


  3. This post is a response from Douglas Rushkoff:

    Right – though it may be less a matter of “breaking” the language than taking this opportunity to create a new one. The language of the printing press era was based in part on the scarcity of the markets being created at the time. As our new tools create opportunities for abundance, we need to develop new languages and programs for economic and social activity. This may end up looking less like a revolution than a shift.

    As it is, however, we are seeing the existing power structures struggle to contort the digital age into a replay of the Industrial Revolution. I don’t think they can keep it up indefinitely. The question is whether we will have seized the skills necessary to develop a replacement when their system crashes.

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