Being Human Is a Team Sport
There is an anti-human agenda embedded in our markets and technologies, which has turned them from means of human connection into ones of isolation and repression. Our corporations and the culture they create glorify individualism at the expense of cooperation, threatening the sustainability not just of our economy but our species and the more-than-human world which, in part, depends on our cooperation. In this workshop Douglas Rushkoff - author and host of Team Human - will reveal this agenda at work and invite us to consider how we can remake society. He will uncover how the intentional repression of humanity impacts diverse sectors of society, explaining how money went from being a means of transaction to a means of extraction and how education transformed from the ideal of learning into an extension of occupational training. Digital age technologies have only amplified these trends, making our systems more brittle and presenting the greatest challenges yet to our collective autonomy: robots taking our jobs, algorithms directing our attention, and social media influencing our votes. Luckily, there’s still time to think before we hit the switch and automate ourselves out of existence. Rushkoff will argue that we must reconnect with our essentially social nature, reestablish a place for humans in the emerging landscape and wider ecosystem, and forge solidarity with the others who understand that being human is a team sport.
This course is part of Week 2 of the KINSHIP Online Course. In Week 2, we dive into The Politics of Relationship.
This week we will look at how relationship is inherently political. We will explore how certain relationships are conditional, and how relationships can serve, extract, build and take “value”. We are interested in the question: “who do we (really) mean when we say “we”? As collective action is called for - who is called to take action? Who in included/excluded? Does kinship bring with it a sense of responsibility for the “other”? Does the “other” necessarily imply “othering”, or can we view the “other” as crucial to relationship itself?
KINSHIP: An Online Course
Douglas Rushkoff #
Douglas is the host of the Team Human podcast & author of Team Human as well as a dozen other bestselling books on media, technology, & culture, including, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity, Present Shock, Program or Be Programmed, Media Virus, & the novel Ecstasy Club. He is Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens. He lives in New York, and lectures about media, society, and economics around the world.