Douglas Rushkoff -- -- winner of the first Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity -- challenges us once again to not take the world around us for granted in this talk based on Program or Be Programmed: 10 Commands for a Digital Age. The following transcribed excerpt outlines the basis for this phenomenal book.
The talk itself, it may seem off the topic of this book Program or Be Programmed. It begins with me very concerned about the nature of democracy. And I had just reread the letters back and forth between John Dewey and Ed Bernays, who really was a great educational advocate and really the founder of public relations, looking at whether democracy is possible.
The reason it’s not off track as a conversation is what their conversation is really about is whether human beings are capable of understanding the world that they live in.