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Life Inc. Dispatch 02: Insulation Equation

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Life Inc. Dispatch 02: INSULATION EQUATION Right now in the short term for people that can afford it private school is probably a better academic education for their kids than public school. But you have to also look at what else are you teaching your kids by sending them to a private school. Really what you are initiating them in is what we can call the "Insulation Equation". "How rich I have to be to insulate myself from the real world", rather than - what I think it is a much easier path of - how nice and engaged do I have to be to actually enjoy the real world. If you look at the 30,000 dollars it might take to send your kids to private school and how much time and energy it takes you to earn that 30,000 dollars, what if you took that same time and energy and invested it in your public school. What if you took 30,000 dollars of your time and energy and volunteered to teach, to go into to the classrooms, to do whatever your public school needed to make it better. And what if you convinced your neighbors to do the same? You would end up with a massively great public school education and you would be free of the requirement of insulating yourself and your family from the real world. The market has insinuated itself into almost every area of our lives. You have a baby and you hire someone to teach you how to breastfeed it. These were services that used to be offered by neighbors, by family, by friends and now they can't. Because your friends don't have the insurance in case they teach you wrong. It is almost a comical dependence on the systems that keeps corporations in power and a complete negation of the real value we have to give to one and other.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 25 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Douglas Rushkoff
Views: 108
Posted by: julius on Sep 9, 2010

Douglas Rushkoff is the author of ten books on media, technology, and society, including Cyberia, Media Virus, Coercion, Nothing Sacred, Get Back in the Box, and the novel Ecstasy Club. He made the PBS Frontline documentaries Merchants of Cool, The Persuaders, and the upcoming Digital Nation. He is the host of the WFMU radio show The MediaSquat, and he will be teaching the New School University this Fall.

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