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Arte explores digital world with Rushkoff

Franco-German public network Arte has commissioned a four-part series examining the impact of today’s digital economy via its German regional broadcast partners WDR and RBB.

Douglas Rushkoff

Produced by France’s Pumpernickel Films and Submarine of the Netherlands, Exponential is written and hosted by US media expert Douglas Rushkoff. The presenter will take viewers on a journey starting at the beginning of the digital age and the inception of the internet to the technologically advanced world we live in today.

Rushkoff will examine events caused by the digital world, confront world-famous CEOs on the impact of their companies and meet people in places around the world who are being dispossessed by the digital economy.

“For the past 25 years, I’ve watched as the tremendous potential of the digital age was surrendered to the mindless pursuit of exponential growth. Everyone – and I mean everyone from cab drivers to parents to journalists to teenagers – is ready to see the story of how this unfolded, who is responsible, and what we can still do about it,” Rushkoff said.

In a joint statement, Submarine co-founder and CEO Femke Wolting and Pumpernickel founder Christoph Jörg added: “It’s almost impossible to overstate how the emergence of the internet has impacted our society, our lives and our global economy. With his trademark clarity, curiosity and insight, Douglas is the perfect guide to make sense of the digital age.”

Submarine and Pumpernickel will produce and represent the series for worldwide distribution.


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