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Ep. 131 Cory Doctorow "The Oligarchy's Operating System"

Ep. 131

Playing for Team Human today, activist, journalist, and science fiction author of the new anthology Radicalized, Cory Doctorow.

Cory has a unique way of building stories, metaphors, and scenarios that clarify the underlying dynamics of living in a technologized society. In Radicalized, Cory extrapolates the embedded laws and values defining the present moment to show, not some distant future, but the dystopia that very much exists today. Together, Douglas and Cory explore the question – What do we do with this moment where everything, even truth itself, feels up for grabs? Avoiding nihilism and despair, Cory’s writing and thinking showcase a unique kind of agency and optimism. Is this the moment we flip the script on dystopia? Join Cory and Douglas as they look toward a utopia that engages the collective will and imagination required to overcome crisis and inequality.

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You can read written versions of Rushkoff’s show monologues at Medium

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On this episode you heard Fugazi’s “Foreman’s Dog” in the intro thanks to the kindness of the band and Dischord Records. Mid-show you heard R.U. Sirius’s President Mussolini Makes the Planes Run On Time. This episode concludes with Mike Watt ’s beak-holding-letter-man.

Team Human is a production of the laboratory for digital humanism at QC. Our associate producers are Josh Chapdelaine and Luke Robert Mason. Stephen Bartolomei edited and mixed this show. 

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