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Four Commands


Command number 7 is Social. Rushkoff writes that “digital media is still biased towards the social” (Rushkoff 96). Without digital media, this person is not exposed to the bias that digital media brings with it. It simply does not exist. For people with computers, most of their communication is done on networking sites. For this person, it is all done in person. Therefore, there is no bias.

Command number 8 is Fact. Rushkoff writes that “The network is like a truth serum: Put something false online and it will eventually be revealed as a lie” (Rushkoff 106). For someone who does not own a computer, they aren’t able to spread false gossip on the internet. Therefore, it takes some time for the truth to come out. Since there is no computer, this person has to do it in person. If said in person, the other individual could most likely figure out a lie on the spot. Saying so, lying is harder in ┬áperson, and easier online.

Command number 9 is Openness. Rushkoff writes that “Digital networks were built for the purpose of sharing computing resources by people who were themselves sharing resources, technologies, and credit in order to create it” (Rushkoff 118). There is no sharing going on for someone without a computer. It’s simply impossible to share computer files over the internet without a computer.

Command number 10 is Program or be Programmed. Rushkoff concludes that “we must learn how to make the software, or risk becoming the software” (Rushkoff 134). For someone not having a computer, they are risking of becoming the software. Nothing is happening. No sharing, no bias, and no lies. Without the involvement in the creation of this software, the person is exposed to becoming the software because he/she wasn’t involved.