The Forgotten Art of Being Ordinary: A Human Manifesto in the Age of the Metaverse

  • 5h 7m 50s
  • CJ Casciotta
  • Gildan Media
  • 2023

We're addicted to our devices. Our kids are too. None of us seem to be better for it. We all know this, but what can we do practically to become less isolated, polarized, and disconnected?

This book answers that question with a bold idea: In an age of personal brands and artificial intelligence, perhaps it's time to relearn the forgotten art of being ordinary.

In his follow-up to Get Weird, writer and media producer, CJ Casciotta, outlines nine practical solutions and illuminates a better way to live in a culture addicted to media technology, a lifeboat for anyone who feels like they're drowning in a sea of digital noise.

This is a book for those who are tired of feeling like technology owns them, their children, their politics, and their livelihood, a hopeful and realistic game plan for navigating the twenty-first century mindfully without losing their souls.

The future of our society will depend on the choices we make right now when it comes to our communication methods. It's a crisis as urgent as climate change, yet far fewer people are talking about it. The Forgotten Art of Being Ordinary will give you the language you've been looking for to start changing the conversation.

About the Author

CJ Casciotta is a writer, media producer, and creative strategist. Seen by many as a trusted voice on 21st century cultural shifts, he’s consulted and developed campaigns for presidential candidates, IPOs, startups, and Fortune 500s alike, partnering with companies like MGM Studios, Delta Airlines, Sesame Street, Lululemon, and The United Nations Foundation. As a media producer, he's collaborated on projects with leading culture-makers like Ira Glass of This American Life, Seth Godin, and FoodNetwork's Maneet Chauhan. A sought after communicator and TEDx alumnus, he’s traveled globally speaking to creative professionals at venues like Creative Mornings, Charity:Water, and STORY. In addition, CJ's work has been featured by Forbes, Salon, CBS, MTV, and TechCrunch.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - Branding Is for Cows. Belonging Is for People.
  • Chapter 2 - Bearing Witness
  • Chapter 3 - The Ghost of John Hill: Media as a Crisis Discipline
  • Chapter 4 - The Revolution Will Not Be Streamed: Media and the American Dream
  • Chapter 5 - Senator Cruz and the Robot Muse: Media as a Public Space
  • Chapter 6 - Wrestling Killed the Reality Star: Media as Kayfabe
  • Chapter 7 - Temperance Town: Media in Moderation
  • Chapter 8 - The Hero Is Dead: Media as Collective Journey
  • Chapter 9 - What to Do with Lil Miquela: Media as Mythology
  • Chapter 10 - In Defense of Getting Lost: Media as Gardening
  • Chapter 11 - A Dove with Claws