Ep. 28 Alex Rivera "Globalization From Below"
Playing for Team Human today is digital media artist, activist, and filmmaker Alex Rivera. Known for his acclaimed 2008 feature film, Sleep Dealer, Rivera's work explores the contradictions of a free-flowing globalized economy and the simultaneous stigmatizing of immigrant laborers and erecting of border walls. Together, Rivera and Douglas Rushkoff interrogate the rhetoric of the digital "global village." We'll learn about what Rivera calls "Dronification," a highly connected, yet ever-more alienated digital subjectivity. Rivera and Rushkoff then discuss how we might restore true human connection and build bottom-up solidarity, or what the Zapatistas call "globalization from below."
In today's intro monologue Rushkoff considers the need for both empowering local, grassroots organizing as well as fortifying public structures that bring the benefit of mutual aid and collectivity up to scale.
This episode closes with a song from Team Human co-producer/editor Stephen Bartolomei, entitled Kill Floor Rebellion. It's a song "that celebrates border crossers and migrant workers, inspired by the true story of the Kill Floor Rebellion."
Inspired by this episode? Check out the National Day Laborer Organizing Network for resources to get involved.
Bruce Sterling - Patreon Special (~1990)
Here's a special preview of science fiction author Bruce Sterling's conversation with Douglas Rushkoff circa 1990. Sterling had just co-written The Difference Engine with William Gibson. This conversation was recorded in part to research for Rushkoff's Cyberia.Support now for as little as $2 per month to gain full access to this conversation andTeam Human'sspecial patrons-only Team Feed atPatreon.com/TeamHuman.
Arthur Jones & Giorgio Angelini "Feels Good Man"
Feels Good Man filmmakers Arthur Jones and Giorgio Angelini show us how a great meme can go bad — and how to take it back again.Rushkoff, Angelini, and Jones explore the evolution of Matt Furie’s Pepe the Frog from stoner frog to alt-right meme. When did internet culture became real-world culture? How did a community of trolls who wanted to manipulate reality end up effecting physical space? When was the moment that fan fiction became mainstream?In his monologue, Rushkoff addresses the cycle of bad faith arguments amplified by Twitter that end up destroying real conversation — and many talented people’s credibility. “Once you cross over into the land of make-believe facts — however earnest you believe your intention is — it undermines not only your argument, but the whole social fabric. It undermines our entire collective quest as human beings to figure out what the heck is really going on here.” Rushkoff says.
Ken Jordan - Patreon Special (2009)
Here's a special preview of Reality Sandwich Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Lucid News Ken Jordan and Douglas Rushkoff's conversation from WFMU's The Media Squat. Jordan explains how cultural change works, the 2012 prophecy, and art's role in giving voice to the unspoken. Originally aired June 22, 2009.Support now for as little as $2 per month to gain full access to this conversation andTeam Human'sspecial patrons-only Team Feed atPatreon.com/TeamHuman.