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<nettime-ann> PhD Dissertation Douglas Rushkoff @ Utrecht University

From: Menno Grootveld <>
Date: 24 June 2012 3:02:56 PM
Subject: [Nettime-nl] Dissertation Rushkoff

Dissertation *Monopoly moneys: the media environment of corporatism and the player's way out*

By analysing corporatism through the lens of media ecology, Douglas Rushkoff shows how an invented set of rules became - like any totalising media environment - indistinguishable from nature. He concludes that while the corporatist rule set may have become the default operating system of our economy, it is not necessarily closed to intervention.

While a closed economic operating system may have been consonant with the closed, top-down media of the print and broadcast eras, as Rushkoff argues, interactive technology does offer new avenues for resistance and redesign. This "playability," as he describes it, might yet return to economic systems in the form of digital innovations such as peer to peer exchange, decentralised value creation, and even new alternative currencies. This playability would be a positive development for the way it would allow for human intervention in a mechanism that has disproportional influence over our society.

Date and time:

25/6/2012 16:15


Academiegebouw < default.aspx> - Domplein 29, Utrecht

PhD student:

Douglas Rushkoff


Faculty of Humanities


Monopoly Moneys. The media environment of corporatism and the player's way out

Supervisor 1:

Prof. dr. F.E. Kessler

Supervisor 2:	

Prof. dr. J.F.F. Raessens

Co-supervisor 1:

Dr. M.T. Schaefer

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