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Team Human

Narrated by: Douglas Rushkoff
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"A provocative, exciting, and important rallying cry to reassert our human spirit of community and teamwork." (Walter Isaacson)

Though created by humans, our technologies, markets, and institutions often contain an antihuman agenda. Douglas Rushkoff, digital theorist and host of the NPR-One podcast Team Human, reveals the dynamics of this antihuman machinery and invites us to remake these aspects of society in ways that foster our humanity. 

In 100 aphoristic statements, his manifesto exposes how forces for human connection have turned into ones of isolation and repression: Money, for example, has transformed from a means of exchange to a means of exploitation, and education has become an extension of occupational training. Digital-age technologies have only amplified these trends, presenting the greatest challenges yet to our collective autonomy: robots taking our jobs, algorithms directing our attention, and social media undermining our democracy. But all is not lost. 

It's time for Team Human to take a stand, regenerate the social bonds that define us and, together, make a positive impact on this earth.

©2019 Douglas Rushkoff (P)2018 Recorded Books
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A vision of the possibilties ahead, brilliant!

I found this author on the Russell Brand podcast and just knew his book would full of insight and inspiration.

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Interesting but biased

A book with interesting ideas, but very biased to the author's own views. An interesting listen none the less.

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excellent general discussion about the world we in

really interesting concepts, mirrored many of my own thoughts and perspectives on the world. discussed some important aspects of modern life and how we fit in.

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Messy, meandering, fun

A bit like humans. Not the most well researched book, but lots of ideas and he makes a good point.

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  • Ray Hecht
  • 05-02-19

Great primer for a Team Human introduction

If you haven't been listening to podcast Team Human by Douglas Rushkoff--the great techno guru of the 90s who has now become more of a skeptic and the social consciousness of the silicon era--do so now. Full of brilliant ideas and dialogues about our current confusing era. Then, after listening to most of the archive, get the book Team Human.

To be honest, it's rather light for Rushkoff. To delve deeper, try Life Inc. or Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus. Team Human could be accused of oversimplifying a host of issues, but the book does provide a valuable service by summing up the ethos that humanity needs to start living by if we are going to survive the digital landscape that we are in. These things do need to sorted in an orderly manner, like a manifesto or at least a starter, so that well-meaning people will have a foundation to fall back on.

Much of the book is fascinating, on the connection between computerized media and nationalism as opposed to the unifying nature of other mediums. On the absurd abstraction of the economy, and how we must care more about the foreground and not be lost in the background. Why the Renaissance, which takes in positive old ideas, is a better metaphor for the state of the world than 'revolution', which always ends up with the same power structures in the end. There is even an analysis about how story structure in cinema has warped people's expectations of reality, and even gets into the cyclical nature of time in cultures both pre- and post-agriculturalism. And my personal favorite, the dangerous concept of mechanomorphism in which humans start imitating the machines.

Team Human is an important book for anyone who cares about just that, humans. Armed with these ideas, let's choose a team that has our interests in mind before it's too late...

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  • Andrew D. Gurevich
  • 23-01-19

eloquent, moving and timely

A clear, resonant clarion call for us to reassert our common humanity & reclaim our original inheritance. Rushkoff is in top form and we need his wisdom now more than ever.

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  • G Cook
  • 13-02-19

Amazing food for thought from every food group

Amazing food for thought from every food group. It draws nicely from many wide ranging topics and concepts. While being so great at pointing out the essential flaws that recur so timelessly it somehow still glosses over how we're supposed to start working better to get along on team human but great insights and questioning.

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  • Jeremy Hatch
  • 05-04-19

Not really an argument

More of a manifesto — extended ranting and riffing that adds up to a sort of an anticapitalist, leftist goulash. My sentiments are with him in general so, up in my place in the choir, I was okay with being preached at, but I can’t honestly say I remember a single well supported argument for any position he outlines here. It didn’t help my impression that in the one area where I have expertise — audio engineering and music recording — he perpetuates certain canards in a comical fashion, and let’s just say, he has little idea what it’s really like to play in a group in a recording studio. (Much less alienating than he implies.) All the same, I share his alarm at the current state of the world and I don’t think he’s wrong, broadly speaking. His call to “find the others” is well taken.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-02-19

very interesting

the author definitely has a very interesting perspective on many different things in our society. Very thought-provoking.

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  • JustAListener
  • 11-02-20

Splendid!

if this book doesn't restore your faith in humanity, nothing will. The performance is great too, you can hear his contained excitement. Truly amazing.

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  • L. Smith
  • 07-02-20

thank you for this thoughtful read. <br /><br />

the optimism helps to visualize a brighter future while lending intelligently, critical thinking ,and historical analysis of the technological,social and economic conditions that have created the challenges humanity faces today

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  • M. Linden
  • 18-12-19

Whole, compassionate, and accessible

Rushkoff's latest and supposedly final book makes today's issues observable, accessible, and historically relational. It empowers the reader beyond their repressive circumstances without dismissing their real socio-economic problems. It empowers readers to take responsibility without isolating them (on the contrary, it's all about being a team player). It empowers readers to participate in reality, without attachments to specific futures. It's exactly the book we need, precisely when we're ready for it. Reading it just feels right. (The tone is especially clear in the audiobook.) Leave it to Douglas to make a reference to PLUR! <3

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  • Nano
  • 27-11-19

A brilliant look at next potential evolution human machine behavior

"Rah!Rah!Rah! Can we do it? Yes we can! We're Team Human!" Except - what are we doing? And who's in charge? And why can't we agree on anything?

This exhaustive journey through the interaction of technological innovation and human reactions and incorporation of tech is breathtaking. The insights are deep and thought provoking. The story line is entertaining in detail and challenging on content (how humans become the tech that is played by big companies).

The empty space in this work is the lack of any leadership and assumption that there is no Divine Consciousness interacting with humans. Maybe the Divine Interventions really have had more impact than the technological discoveries of the ages. There is one fleeting reference to a "moral universe" but otherwise the thesis is we are on our own to figure this stuff out.

On the whole this book is intellectually stimulating but spiritually unsatisfying.

One bright spot is the reference to the role psychedelics play in stimulating team behavior "find the others " - and of this is the way people can reconnect with the Divine maybe that's a good start.

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  • paul
  • 24-10-19

Modern limitations of our natural team spirit

How our technologies, markets, and institutions often serve to limit our natural tendencies toward personal interactions, community and teamwork. Our technologies, designed to increase our interactions and education, continue to lead increasingly to isolation and repression. From the cover: "Money, for example, has transformed from a means of exchange to a means of exploitation, and education has become an extension of occupational training.” You might be particularly interested in the chapters on economics and natural science and the final 2 1/2 on resisting, even reversing, these trends.