Review: Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age, by Douglas Rushkoff

This book is an excellent statement of the overriding importance of programming/coding. In Rushkoff’s words, programming/coding is “the steering wheel of our civilization.” Either you learn to program/code and thereby help steer your life according to your interests, or you relegate the programming/coding/steering of your life to others who will decide what your life will be like. Simply put, program or be programmed.

Rushkoff also presents guidelines for optimal living in the Digital Age. But the major contribution of the book is the discussion of the role and effects of programming/coding and, consequently, the need–now at least partially met by a plethora of workshops, apps, and programs–to learn how to program/code.

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George Beam is an educator and author. The perspectives that inform his interpretations of the topics of this blog–-as well as his other writings and university courses -–are system analysis, behaviorism, and Internet effects. Specific interests include quality management, methodology, and politics. He is Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science; and, previously, Head, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago
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