This didn’t just happen. In Life Inc., award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker, and scholar Douglas Rushkoff traces how corporations went from a. Now includes “The Life Inc. Guide to Reclaiming the Value You Create” In Life Inc , award-winning writer Douglas Rushkoff traces how corporations. Life Inc. is as fluent and well-researched as any of his books – but its target is too large, and too badly constructed to help us much. In a heaving.

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In contrast, the new class of merchants and manufacturers could expand their businesses pretty much indefinitely. Rushkoff presentation of this topic is the kind of argument one expects to find in a Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck kind of book, i. Also by Douglas Rushkoff.

At least, we see the world through corporate defined eyes. I confess I expected it to articulate ideas and feelings I had, hopefully better than I could, and also flesh them out so they were more substantial. Aug 19, Pax Analog rated it really liked it.

Book review: Life Inc.

He explains how the corporation became a way for m I borrowed this book from the library, and towards the end I found no fewer than three abandoned book marks.

You couglas be married or about to get married, and you want to make your community a slightly less corporatized place. It always reminds me Property value, of course, is a pretty abstract concept. User Agreement Privacy Policy.

The less local, rushioff, and interpersonal our experience of the world and each other, the more likely we are to adopt self-interested behaviors that erode community and relationships. He likens “free trade” to colonialism, and makes a well-written, fairly convincing argument, bringing historical context to current day policies. By eliminating any possibility of allegiance between employeesthe store rushokff that any loyalty will be paid upwards instead. Jul 02, Zoe’s Human rated it did not like it Shelves: We now express our identities through brands and media channels.


View all 4 comments. They have become such a universal feature of our economy that few people give much thought to their origins–or how our economies are structured to suit them. The real gem of this work really comes when Rushkoff begins to talk about the history of currency itself and goes in-depth into the historical use of complementary currencies among communities, and how it is rushooff trend that is picking up once more.

The Meaning of “Life Inc.”–a Conversation With Author Douglas Rushkoff

The best bits of the book are the stories about the history of corporations and the history of money–which is sad when it’s a description of the problem but happy when it’s examples of ways things can work better. For example, people who work at non-profits are losers according to Rushkoff because obviously anyone who is talented and “energetic” will go work for a higher paying corporation. He has an argument he wants to make and he fits the facts to match his argument, not the other way around.

Rushkoff is no theorist.

Coming up with solutions is hard. I need details, so this chapter didn’t do much for me. Debasement of currency was actually the way several emperors propped up the empire in times of economic eushkoff and if Greece could do it today it would go a long way to helping them out.


Dec 08, Tippy Jackson rated it really liked it Shelves: And so we are stuck with branding instead of the relationships we used to have with real people and their craftsmanship.

Yes it is rushloff that the prisoner’s dilemma was first raised at the Rand Corporation and Nash did contribute some math regarding this. People, of course, have no such legal obligation–and yet, as Rushkoff’s anecdote shows, people often behave in that way as well.

This tends to happen along with a major life change or loss: Imagine competence as a viable dougpas. In fact the victim of such behavior in a small community may have very little recourse and nowhere to turn, whereas in a big, modern society there are always other options. The newfound public relations industry was gaining influence, and political candidates now required corporate funding in order to get into office.

Rushkoff analyzes the role of corporations from as far back as the Middle Ages I was really drawn to this book after reading the excerpts of it on Boing Boing and Rushkoff’s own web site.

Mortgages were less about getting people into property than getting them into debt.