Welcome to The Age of Earthquakes - a unique artistic and literary collaboration between Douglas Coupland, Shumon Basar and Hans Ulrich Obrist. Fifty years after Marshall McLuhan's groundbreaking book on the influence of technology on culture in The Medium is the Massage, Basar, Coupland and Obrist extend the analysis to today, touring the world that's redefined by the Internet, decoding and explaining the 'extreme present'. The Age of Earthquakes is a quick-fire paperback harnessing the images, language and perceptions of our unfurling digital lives. Invented words, bullet-like slogans and unexpected illustrations mindsourced by artists combine to describe and navigate our early 21th-century territory. The Internet hasn't just changed the structure of our brains these past few years, it's also changing the structure of the planet. Welcome to The Age of Earthquakes, a paper portrait of Now, a new history of the world that fits perfectly in your back pocket. Shumon Basar is a writer. He is the author of Do You Often Confuse Love with Success and with Fame? His (co)edited books include Drone Fiction, Translated By, Hans Ulrich Obrist Interviews: Volume 2, The World of Madelon Vriesendorp, Did Someone Say Participate[unk], With/Without and Cities from Zero. Since 1991, Douglas Coupland has written thirteen novels published in most languages. He has written and performed for England's Royal Shakespeare Company and is a regular columnist with the Financial Times. He began a visual art practice in 2000, and his first museum retrospective opens in summer 2014 at the Vancouver Art Gallery and travels to Munich's Villa Stuck for the summer of 2015. Hans Ulrich Obrist is a curator and writer. Since 2006 he has been co-director of the Serpentine Gallery, London. His previous books include Ai Weiwei Speaks, written with Ai Weiwei, and Ways of Curating, published by Allen Lane. He is widely considered one of the most influential contemporary curators in the world.