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Life inc.

how the world became a corporation and how to take it back

1st ed.
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Publisher
Random House
Language
English
Pages
274

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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.

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2009, Random House
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2009, Random House Publishing Group
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Table of Contents

Your money or your life : a lesson on the front stoop
Once removed : the corporate life-form
Charters and the disconnect from commerce
Mistaking the map for the territory
Colonialism and the disconnect from place
The ownership society
Real estate and the disconnect from home
Individually wrapped
Public relations and the disconnect from one another
You, you're the one
Consumer empowerment and the disconnect from choice
To whom credit is due
Self-interest and the disconnect from currency
From ecology to economy
Big business and the disconnect from value
No returns
How resistance disconnects us even further
Here and now
The opportunity to reconnect.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [245]-259) and index.

Other Titles
Life incorporated

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
306.0973
Library of Congress
BJ1581.2 .R865 2009

The Physical Object

Pagination
xxv, 274 p. ;
Number of pages
274

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23605686M
Internet Archive
lifeinchowworldb00rush
ISBN 10
1400066891
ISBN 13
9781400066896
LCCN
2008051109
Library Thing
7625969
Goodreads
4935013

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