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Named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT Technology Review, Douglas Ruskhoff is a media theorist, author, and documentarian studying human autonomy in the digital age. He’s the author of over 20 books, including Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, Media Virus, and most recently Team Human.
In this episode, we ask him to unpack why he thinks we as a society ‘blew it’ with digital tech - its psychedelic, subversive beginnings giving way, as he sees it, to one pyramid scheme stacked on top of another.
What does this mean for crypto?
If money is a medium, how can we subject it to the type of media critiques that made Rushkoff famous early in his career?
And what does he think of this weird COVID moment, where many of us sit at home in a womb of technological convenience?
We recorded this episode the day after Christmas, before entering what feels like an endgame in American domestic politics. It seems fitting then, that we conclude with a dive into the stakes for mutual aid, mutual respect, and of course, Qanon.
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On Dr. Mark Filippi
Tim May - 'The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto'
Eric Hughes - 'A Cypherpunk's Manifesto'
Chapter 10 from 'Mastering Bitcoin' (on Bitcoin mining and issuance)
A sample of Rushkoff's recent essays -