How To Survive "Present Shock"

May 17, 2013

As our gadgets move into the future, we’re moving into the past. That email you just received? It was written seconds, minutes or hours ago. The tweets you’re catching up on? That’s old news by the time you read it. This radio show? Even if you're listening "live," you're not really listening the moment it happens because of a delay.

In a way, this has always been the case. The newspaper you read in the morning contains yesterday’s news. The evening news recaps what happened earlier in the day.

But now, it seems like we’re endlessly trying to catch up on what we missed over the last five minutes instead of experiencing what’s actually happening now.

Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff has been seeing these things happen - and wonders what the impact is on our culture. His new book is Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now.

Present shock, he writes “changes the way we make and experience culture, run our businesses, invest our money, conduct our politics, understand science, and make sense of our world.”

Today, Rushkoff joins us to talk about living in the moment, both physically and digitally.