Douglas Rushkoff: Whistleblowing, Assange, & The End Of Democracy

In this segment, Douglas Rushkoff discusses his views on the whistleblower organization WikiLeaks and its Editor Julian Assange, the controversial DNC email leaks released during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and what Assange’s motivations behind the leaks may have been. I ask Douglas to share his thoughts on whistleblowing in the digital age, his view on the pro-transparency activism of whistleblower organizations like WikiLeaks, and the question of whether democracy is truly possible and attainable in our media-saturated culture.

Douglas Rushkoff is a writer, documentarian, and lecturer. 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.’ 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. Douglas’s lifetime of work has focused primarily on human autonomy in the digital age.

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This is a segment of episode #138 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Survival of the Richest: Anticipating 'The Event' & The Anti-Human Agenda w/ Douglas Rushkoff.” Listen to the full episode: