#138 | Survival of the Richest: Anticipating 'The Event' & The Anti-Human Agenda w/ Douglas Rushkoff

In this episode, I speak with writer, documentarian, and lecturer Douglas Rushkoff. Douglas has authored numerous best-selling books, including ‘Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity,’ ‘Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now,’ ‘Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age,’ and the yet-to-be released ’Team Human.’ Douglas’s lifetime of work has focused primarily on human autonomy in the digital age. 

We start this episode by discussing Douglas’s widely shared article, published on Medium and picked up by CNBC, ‘Survival of the Richest: The wealthy are plotting to leave us behind.’ In the article, Douglas describes a situation in which he was invited to a private meeting with several ultra-wealthy men to go over their questions regarding technological trends in cryptocurrency, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence, as well as their deep-seated concerns regarding “The Event” — a reference to the portending threat of abrupt climate change, nuclear war, social unrest, and economic collapse looming on the horizon of our collective future. Douglas provides a practical and humanistic response to these concerns regarding this future “Event” — emphasizing the inherent value of fostering human relationships with others outside of the logic of Capital and monetary transactions. From there, we discuss the corporate capitalist take over of the Internet, the (de)colonization of human attention, and the value of treating social media and digital communication as an adjunct to direct human relationships and experience. In the later part of this interview, I ask Douglas to share his thoughts on WikiLeaks, the precarious situation of Julian Assange, and the value of whistleblower organizations like WikiLeaks shedding a light on the internal dealings of corporate and government entities in the digital age.

Douglas Rushkoff is the host of the ‘Team Human’ podcast and author of ‘Team Human’ as well as a dozen other bestselling books on media, technology, and culture, including, ‘Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity,’ ‘Present Shock, Program or Be Programmed,’ ‘Media Virus,’ and the novel ‘Ecstasy Club.’ He is Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens. He wrote the graphic novels ‘Aleister & Adolf,’ ‘Testament,’ and ‘A.D.D.,’ and made the television documentaries ‘Generation Like,’ ‘Merchants of Cool,’ ‘The Persuaders,’ and ‘Digital Nation.’ He lives in New York, and lectures about media, society, and economics around the world.☽

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Episode Notes:

- Everything you would ever need to know about Douglas and his work can be found at his website: http://www.rushkoff.com

- Pre-order Douglas’s upcoming book ‘Team Human’ here: http://bit.ly/TeamHumanPreorder

- Read ‘Survival of the Richest: The wealthy are plotting to leave us behind’ here: http://bit.ly/SurvivalOfTheRichest

- Listen and subscribe to Douglas’s podcast ‘Team Human’ here: https://teamhuman.fm

- Follow Douglas on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rushkoff

- Listen to my conversation with Rob Seimetz on his show ‘Moving Forward’ on The Progressive Radio Network: http://bit.ly/2MyjBEz

- The song featured in this episode is “Queen Persephone” by Dirty Art Club from the album Basement Seance. 

#122 | Here's The Fuckin' News: Decentralizing Social Media w/ Franklin Lopez (The Stimulator)

In this episode, I talk with Franklin Lopez, also known as the Stimulator, host of the SubMedia program "Here's The Fuckin' News," and former host of "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)."

In this conversation, Franklin discusses the aims of the SubMedia media collective, as well as Franklin's iconic role as the shit-talking riot-loving anti-authoritarian character the Stimulator (currently the host of SubMedia's "Here's The Fucking News"). Franklin also gets into the humble role filmmakers and content generators have in collective organizing and coordinating direct action, as well as the catch-22 of using social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the like to promote independent media and news - while simultaneously trying to build decentralized forms of online organizing and social media outside of centralized corporate media platforms.

"subMedia is a video production ensemble, which aims to promote anarchist and anti-capitalist ideas, and aid social struggles through the dissemination of radical films and videos. Founded in 1994, subMedia has produced hundreds of videos on everything from anti-globalization protests to films about shoplifting." Source: https://sub.media/about

Episode Notes:

- Keep up to date with SubMedia's "Here's The Fuckin' News" as well as their other excellent programs at their website: https://sub.media

- Follow SubMedia on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/subMedia

- Follow the Stimulator on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thestimulator

- Follow Franklin Lopez on Twitter: https://twitter.com/franklin__lopez

- SubMedia on Twitter: https://twitter.com/submedia

- SubMedia on Mastadon: https://mastodon.social/@submedia

- The Stimulator on Youtube: https://bit.ly/2GXo4gC

- This episode features the song "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" by R.E.M. from the album Document.

- The end of this episode features audio from "TFN #10: 100 Nazi Scalps" published by SubMedia. Source: https://youtu.be/bsqqY3da1TY