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The Resource Ego : the game of life, Frank Schirrmacher ; translated by Nick Somers

Ego : the game of life, Frank Schirrmacher ; translated by Nick Somers

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Ego : the game of life
Title
Ego
Title remainder
the game of life
Statement of responsibility
Frank Schirrmacher ; translated by Nick Somers
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Subject
Language
  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, a new Cold War is being waged in our societies. During the Cold War a theoretical model of man was developed by economists and the military, an egotistical being interested only in his own benefit and in duping his opponents to achieve his ends: a modern homo oeconomicus. After his career in the Cold War ended, he was not scrapped but adapted to the needs of the twenty-first century. He became the ringmaster of a new era of information capitalism. He sought to read, control and influence thoughts; to predict, price and eliminate risks. Today stock-market trading is guided by him. He uses computer algorithms and Big Data to build up detailed pictures of our preferences and then suggest and sell goods to us. The model has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. We are no longer the masters of our own fate. The Game of Life runs without us. Schirrmacher traces the progress of this extreme rationalization of social life from the Cold War games of the 1950s Rand Corporation to the stock-market trading techniques that brought about the financial crash of 2008, showing how these developments were interwoven with the rise of game theory, rational choice theory and neoliberal economics. The state and politics increasingly submitted themselves to the logic of computerized game theory and an economistic view of the world, evading real decision-making in the process. In this brave new world individuals, alone in front of their computers, may think they are constructing a reality of their own choosing, but in fact they are being manipulated all along by others who are setting the rules of the game. This international bestseller by one of Germany s most distinguished journalists is a powerful indictment of a way of thinking that has become pervasive and threatens to undermine not only parliaments and constitutions but also the sovereignty of the individual to be the person he or she wants to be.--
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Schirrmacher, Frank
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Egoism
  • Economic man
  • Philosophical anthropology
  • Civilization, Modern
Label
Ego : the game of life, Frank Schirrmacher ; translated by Nick Somers
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Copyright
Note
First published in German as Ego : Das Spiel des Lebens, by Karl Blessing Verlag in 2013
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 224-236) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17757484
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 240 pages
Isbn
9780745686868
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)953926910
Label
Ego : the game of life, Frank Schirrmacher ; translated by Nick Somers
Publication
Copyright
Note
First published in German as Ego : Das Spiel des Lebens, by Karl Blessing Verlag in 2013
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 224-236) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17757484
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 240 pages
Isbn
9780745686868
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)953926910

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