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Reblog: Kurt Andersen and Douglas Rushkoff: Part I, and II

Image and text source: Design Observer

Note: Interesting discussion published at Design Observer.  There is also a Part Two:
http://changeobserver.designobserver.com/entry.html?entry=10197

I’m also enjoying the new DO design.  They’re starting to look more like a design portal, proper.

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Long before the global economy seized up, Kurt Andersen and Douglas Rushkoff were contemplating the links between society and capital—which makes their views on the recent recession timely, if notably different from one another’s. In June, Rushkoff, the media critic and documentary filmmaker, published Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back. In this book, he interprets the recession as the outcome of a centuries-old ethos prizing speculation over value and profit over human connection. Andersen, essayist, novelist, and host of public radio’s Studio 360 arts program, for his part, has just come out with Reset: How This Crisis Can Restore Our Values and Renew America. As the title suggests, it’s a study in optimism.

Change Observer’s Julie Lasky invited both men to discuss how we landed in this stew and what the future portends. The conversation took place via email July 6–10, 2009.

Read the entire discussion at Design Observer.

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