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Life Inc. - How the World Became a Corporation, and How to Take it Back

Douglas Rushkoff

This didn't just happen. In Life Inc., award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker, and scholar Douglas Rushkoff traces how corporations went from being convenient legal fictions to being the dominant fact of contemporary life. Indeed, as Rushkoff shows, most Americans have so willingly adopted the values of corporations that they're no longer even aware of it. This fascinating journey, from the late Middle Ages to today, reveals the roots of our debacle. From the founding of the first chartered monopoly to the branding of the self; from the invention of central currency to the privatization of banking; from the birth of the modern, self-interested individual to his exploitation through the false ideal of the single-family home; from the Victorian Great Exhibition to the solipsism of MySpace-the corporation has infiltrated all aspects of our daily lives. Life Inc. exposes why we see our homes as investments rather than places to live, our 401(k) plans as the ultimate measure of success, and the Internet as just another place to do business. Most of all, Life Inc. shows how the current financial crisis is actually an opportunity to reverse this six-hundred-year-old trend and to begin to create, invest, and transact directly rather than outsource all this activity to institutions that exist solely for their own sakes. Corporatism didn't evolve naturally. The landscape on which we are living-the operating system on which we are now running our social software-was invented by people, sold to us as a better way of life, supported by myths, and ultimately allowed to develop into a self-sustaining reality. It is a map that has replaced the territory. Rushkoff illuminates both how we've become disconnected from our world and how we can reconnect to our towns, to the value we can create, and, mostly, to one another. As the speculative economy collapses under its own weight, Life Inc. shows us how to build a real and human-scaled society to take its place. From the Hardcover edition.

This didn't just happen. In Life Inc., award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker, and scholar Douglas Rushkoff traces how corporations went from being convenient legal fictions to being the dominant fact of contemporary life. Indeed, as Rushkoff shows, most Americans have so willingly adopted the values of corporations that they're no longer even aware of it. This fascinating journey, from the late Middle Ages to today, reveals the roots of our debacle. From the founding of the first chartered monopoly to the branding of the self; from the invention of central currency to the privatization of banking; from the birth of the modern, self-interested individual to his exploitation through the false ideal of the single-family home; from the Victorian Great Exhibition to the solipsism of MySpace-the corporation has infiltrated all aspects of our daily lives. Life Inc. exposes why we see our homes as investments rather than places to live, our 401(k) plans as the ultimate measure of success, and the Internet as just another place to do business. Most of all, Life Inc. shows how the current financial crisis is actually an opportunity to reverse this six-hundred-year-old trend and to begin to create, invest, and transact directly rather than outsource all this activity to institutions that exist solely for their own sakes. Corporatism didn't evolve naturally. The landscape on which we are living-the operating system on which we are now running our social software-was invented by people, sold to us as a better way of life, supported by myths, and ultimately allowed to develop into a self-sustaining reality. It is a map that has replaced the territory. Rushkoff illuminates both how we've become disconnected from our world and how we can reconnect to our towns, to the value we can create, and, mostly, to one another. As the speculative economy collapses under its own weight, Life Inc. shows us how to build a real and human-scaled society to take its place. From the Hardcover edition.
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This didn't just happen. In Life Inc., award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker, and scholar Douglas Rushkoff traces how corporations went from being convenient legal fictions to being the dominant fact of contemporary life. Indeed, as Rushkoff shows, most Americans have so willingly adopted the values of corporations that they're no longer even aware of it. This fascinating journey, from the late Middle Ages to today, reveals the roots of our debacle. From the founding of the first chartered monopoly to the branding of the self; from the invention of central currency to the privatization of banking; from the birth of the modern, self-interested individual to his exploitation through the false ideal of the single-family home; from the Victorian Great Exhibition to the solipsism of MySpace-the corporation has infiltrated all aspects of our daily lives. Life Inc. exposes why we see our homes as investments rather than places to live, our 401(k) plans as the ultimate measure of success, and the Internet as just another place to do business. Most of all, Life Inc. shows how the current financial crisis is actually an opportunity to reverse this six-hundred-year-old trend and to begin to create, invest, and transact directly rather than outsource all this activity to institutions that exist solely for their own sakes. Corporatism didn't evolve naturally. The landscape on which we are living-the operating system on which we are now running our social software-was invented by people, sold to us as a better way of life, supported by myths, and ultimately allowed to develop into a self-sustaining reality. It is a map that has replaced the territory. Rushkoff illuminates both how we've become disconnected from our world and how we can reconnect to our towns, to the value we can create, and, mostly, to one another. As the speculative economy collapses under its own weight, Life Inc. shows us how to build a real and human-scaled society to take its place. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

11h 33m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:51


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:59


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:09


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:44


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:36


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:55


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:36


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:32


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:46


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:51


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:13


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

02:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:27


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:54


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:39


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:02


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:06


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:46


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:51


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:50


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:54


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:51


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:57


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:54


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:50


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:51


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:54


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:37


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:04


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:58


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:55


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:00


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

02:22


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:46


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:39


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:41


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:14


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:42


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:13


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:00


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:50


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:48


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:49


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:23


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

02:17


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:40


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:45


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:10


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:49


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:39


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:10


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:26


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:52


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:03


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:59


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:42


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:35


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:43


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:56


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:55


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:57


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:03


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:27


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:01


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:56


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:48


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:52


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:46


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:50


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:43


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:54


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:42


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:35


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:33


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:34


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:08


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:59


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:04


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

02:57


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:08


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:02


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:38


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:36


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:36


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:46


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

02:41


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:55


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:55


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:56


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:02


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:02


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:54


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:02


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:39


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:04


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:41


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:02


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:06


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:02


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:03


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:08


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:00


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:13


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

02:48


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:05


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:09


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:03


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:06


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:58


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:01


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:06


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

04:04


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:59


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:08


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:09


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:40


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:13


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:13


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:05


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:09


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:11


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:01


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:10


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:17


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:01


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:05


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

03:59


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

03:38


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:25


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:15


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:06


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:09


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

04:24


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:53


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

04:57


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

03:20


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

03:17


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

04:48


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

04:30


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

04:26


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

03:52


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

04:36


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:41


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

04:45


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:51


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

04:47


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

05:08


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

04:49


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

04:15


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

04:53


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

00:48