Exit Strategy: The Original Version

By Douglas Rushkoff

Douglas Rushkoff's most up-to-date salvo on complacent media tradition, set in 2008, positive aspects Jamie Cohen, a tender hacker who, just like the biblical Joseph, suffers betrayal after which penance (via the talk-show circuit) earlier than becoming a member of forces with a enterprise capitalist made up our minds to show every body into senseless shoppers. in the meantime, Jamie's former friends have constructed the way to kill the Web's - and the inventory market's - profit-making capacities. a stunning satire of Nineteen Nineties dot-com mania, this McLuhanesque cultural critique establishes a brand new publishing precedent: it's the first "open-source" publication, annotated through on-line readers. this primary print variation comprises the simplest in their footnotes selected by means of the writer.

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His greed expense him his unfastened will. It became him into whatever below human. No greater than your machine. i need no half in doing this to humans. ” Morris took out a toothpick. “That’s funny,” Greco stated. “What? ” approximately 3 people requested, jointly. “Your password doesn’t paintings. ” “Good,” stated Samuel. “We depart good adequate on my own. ” “Let me try,” I acknowledged, taking the keyboard and logging in via a safe socket layer. He was once correct. They’d replaced the passwords. “No matter,” Greco stated. “We can hack round it. They’re simply on Verizon. ” one hundred forty inside a minute Greco had made his method in. Samuel positioned his head in his arms. “This simply isn’t right,” he stated. “Are you doing anything improper, Jamie? ” my sister requested. “Daddy? Is Jamie breaking a working laptop or computer back? Will he get in hassle? Will he be on television? ” My mom escorted her to the kitchen. “It’s all going to be ok, Miriam. No one’s doing whatever wrong,” she stated. “Come, Sammy,” Morris stated, placing a hand on his more youthful brother’s shoulder. “Let me consult you a minute. ” “Don’t ‘come Sammy’ me, Morris. I don’t wish this. This isn’t how I do ‘business. ’ This isn’t how I raised my little ones. Even Miriam sees it’s fallacious. ” “But Dad,” I pleaded. “I’m announcing no. thanks, yet no. If I lose, I lose. ” He sat down on the eating room desk and crossed his fingers. We had reached an deadlock much more daunting than the defective password. My father’s rules. “Come on Jamie,” Morris stated a lot too casually, heading towards the kitchen. “Let’s get a few espresso. ” “Okay. ” after we have been a secure distance away, Morris reached into his jacket and pulled out a sheet of paper. “I’d rather wish to decide your mind on a few rules I’ve had,” Morris stated. I hated while humans used that expression. Like they have been going to open my cranium and devour my grey topic with chopsticks. “Oh, rather? ” I mustered. “Yeah. Like lamps. com. you think that that’s taken but? ” “I’m yes it truly is, Morris. each be aware within the English language is taken. And a majority of the two-word mixtures, too. ” “How approximately let-there-be-light. com? you're thinking that that’s taken, too? ” “Probably. yet it’s not likely concerning the identify. you wish a special marketing strategy. ” “Oh, this can be special, alright. promoting lamps over the net. Lamps you gather your self. Kits. ” “Someone may be doing it already. i actually don’t comprehend. that every one went out within the nineties, particularly. ” “Well, may perhaps you payment into it for me? ” “You can search for your self, you recognize. simply visit a seek engine and kind ‘lamps. ’ ” Morris seemed upset. “I proposal, with a chum within the enterprise, i presumed there’d be a shortcut. ” “Well, I’m sorry, yet there isn’t. ” i used to be a lot too curt with Morris. yet I now observed in my uncle the worst components of myself. “What? ” His bald pate became pink. “You don’t just like the notion? It’s now not high-tech adequate for you? I run a ecocnomic company! ” The kitchen door swung open, startling Morris into silence. It was once Greco. “Are you men considering what I’m considering? ” Greco acknowledged, his eyes moving. “I doubt it,” I acknowledged. “My uncle simply had a query. ” “Oh,” Greco acknowledged, leaning opposed to the counter and shuffling his ft.

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