Sunday, January 9, 2011

Rushkoff predicts Facebook will fade

Remember Friendster? Remember Compuserve? Douglas Rushkoff does, and he argues that the current noise about how big Facebook has become obscures an important fact: All social networks fade in time and are replaced by other social networks. (He doesn't use the word "Buddhism" but essentially argues that the Internet provides excellent examples of impermanence. I can remember, as Rushkoff does, when MySpace was considered a big deal.)

Rushkoff's fine new book, Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age, also talks about this. My interview with Rushkoff runs tomorrow.

1 comment:

Jesse said...

Excellent interview. After years of reading his work, beginning with Testament in 2006, Douglas Rushkoff remains one of my favorite thinkers to this day. His MLA class, Technologies of Persuasion, raised by interest in Marshall McLuhan and the field of Media Studes in General. I haven't looked at anything the same since.