Jason Benlevi 

Thursday, March 22, 7:00 p.m. 
Too Much Magic: Pulling the Plug on the Cult of Tech  


Get the insider story of how venture capitalists, media moguls and marketeers use digital "magic" to distract us, invade our privacy, corrupt democracy, distort our human values, and sell us things that we don't need.

Too Much Magic looks at all aspects of our emerging digital lifestyle, how it is changing us, and who it is that really benefits. We have a long love/hate relationship with technology. However, the problem is usually not technology itself, but rather the powers that are deciding its course. The conflict is apparent when we witness people standing in line overnight to buy the newest tech gadget, while at the same time every film about the future from Metropolis to Blade Runner to Avatar depicts a dystopia that has been enabled by technology.

Benlevi tells readers what the powers-that-be don t want them to know about their increasingly digital lives. Prescriptively, Too Much Magic points out ways we can choose to delightfully disengage from technologies and exactly what we each can do to preserve our humanity, independence and creativity all of which could vanish through deceptive acts of digital magic. 

Jason Benlevi has spent the past decades as a marketing communications guru working with the leading technology companies in Silicon Valley and beyond selling the dream of a digital life. Now he has taken a critical look at the sum of the parts that have been created and questions whether the dream has been created for all, or whether it is just a new package for the same-old powers-that-be to exploit the rest of us.

Members get in FREE! General Admission requires purchase of event book OR a $10 gift card (admits 2). 

Event date: 
Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1010 El Camino Real
94025-4349 Menlo Park