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Reviews Present and Unaccounted For

An untenable assertion sets the stage for a trend-spotter’s insights.

Published on December 19, 2013
Birkerts_bookPresent Shock: When Everything Happens Now by Douglas Rushkoff Current/Penguin, 2013, 296 pp., $26.95

“Time”, one sagely old maxim holds, “is nature’s way of keeping everything from happening at once.”1 This has always seemed as good as any other grand abstraction about time, which, along with its partner, space, rules over all that was, is or will be. But now along comes cyber-theorist Douglas Rushkoff with a new book, Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, and invites us all to reconsider. Only at the level of...