Ep. 161 Michael Nesmith “Life After Television”

July 22, 2020

Playing for Team Human today, musician, producer, member of the Monkees, and inventor of the music video, Michael Nesmith.

Nesmith will be sharing his insights about what it was like to live inside the reality television show that we’re all living in today. Nesmith discusses his self-awareness of existing in a television environment, the influence the Monkees’ music had on the Beatles, and the psychic effects the show had on a generation of technology and psychedelic icons.

In his opening monologue, Rushkoff explores the logics behind those who believe Covid-19 will one day disappear. “We need to see the virus as a scientific, biological, and an informational challenge.” Rushkoff says.

Michael Nesmith’s autobiography, Life After Television, is available now from Penguin Random House: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/538474/infinite-tuesday-by-michael-nesmith/

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Hosted by Douglas Rushkoff
Produced by Josh Chapdelaine
Audio Edited & Mixed by Luke Robert Mason
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Music by Fugazi (On this Episode you heard “Foreman’s Dog” in the intro – thanks to the kindness of the band and Dischord Records.)

Special thanks to Stephen Bartolomei.

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