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Present Shock

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Monday, we're joined by renowned media theorist Douglas Rushkoff. His new book is a look at "presentism," a state he describes as our new relationship with time in the digital era. Everything is live and happening right now and it's left us in a state of shock. It's changed how we think about goals, how we tell stories and how we understand the world. We'll talk about "Present Shock," that's the name of his book, and about pressing pause to return to real time and the real world.

Douglas Rushkoff is a media theorist and author. Among his books are Program or Be ProgrammedLife Inc and his newest Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now. Rushkoff has taught for NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program and lectures on media, art, society and change at conferences and universities around the world.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.