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tl;dr the book has great ideas but is extremely repetitive and tedious
on October 4, 2017
Overall, I appreciate Rushkoff's purpose behind the book, which to me was to open the eyes of the younger generations to how we've all allowed social media to negatively impact our lives on a global scale. I really appreciated this overarching theme, because he points out that we are all so focused and obsessed with enjoying the present that we miss out on what's actually happening right now, hence the title, "Present Shock." Additionally, Rushkoff gives solid examples to support his ideas, even starting the whole book off with a scenario of a girl at a party who is there, but not really "in the moment" there. Having said all of that, while I do appreciate what Rushkoff is trying to achieve in this book, it gets overly repetitive, and I believe what he had to say could have been made more succinct. He also writes a bit dryly, so while his topics are spot-on, I had a hard time pushing myself through to the end. I'd say this book is best suited for a high school psychology or research class, as Rushkoff's topics spark the need for change, and younger generations need to rise up and make a difference.