Douglas Rushkoff has written hundreds of columns, articles, and essays for periodicals and websites around the world. Here are a few of his favorite.


The Atlantic – Twitter Is Not a Failure

And the fact that it’s collapsing in Wall Street’s estimation only reveals the utter perversion of the digital economy.


CNN: Ed Snowden – Human Hero Intervenes on Machine Logic

When I was a kid, I remember a guy named Daniel Ellsberg leaking some classified documents to the New York Times about the Vietnam War called “the […]


CNN: Unlike – Why I’m leaving Facebook

I used to be able to justify using Facebook as a cost of doing business. As a writer and sometime activist who needs to promote my books […]


CNN: Think Occupy is a Phase? You don’t get it

In fact, we are witnessing America's first true Internet-era movement….


Are jobs obsolete?

New technologies are wreaking havoc on employment figures...


Why Johnny Can’t Program: A New Medium Requires A New Literacy

Amazingly, America - the birthplace of the Internet - is the only developed nation that does not teach programming in its public schools.


LET IT DIE: Rushkoff on the economy

In a perfect world, the stock market would decline another 70 or 80 percent along with the shuttering of about that fraction of our nation’s banks.


WILLING DUPES: Douglas Rushkoff on the credit crisis

“Riding Out the Credit Crisis” by Douglas Rushkoff from Arthur Magazine No. 29/May 2008


Microsoft Marches On

The New York Times – Op-Ed, June 25 1998 The state and Federal officials accusing Microsoft of anti-competitive practices have found themselves in a precarious battle with […]


How Technology Killed the Future

Presidents—and the rest of us—can’t get anything done anymore.


Time for a Next Net

The moment the "net neutrality" debate began was the moment the net neutrality debate was lost.


Death in the Center Ring

Timothy Leary’s High Dive by Douglas Rushkoff “That’s probably the worst place in the house to leave those,” Tim barks at a beautiful young assistant as she […]



By trying to latch onto the flavor of the moment, many companies forget what made them great in the first place.


Don’t Judge Judaism by the Numbers

Originally printed in the NY Times as “Judging Judaism by the Numbers,” November 20, 2002 Today, at their annual conference, the United Jewish Communities had planned to […]


Permanent Revolution: Occupying Democracy

Back in the late 1990s, I became interested in the potential of interactive and networking technologies to enhance the potential for democratic and civi participation…..


Time Ain’t Money: Stop Punching the Industrial Age Clock

Living in the digital media environment changes a lot more than the technologies through which we do business. It changes our relationship to time—having profound effects on businesses, economy, customers.


Turtles From Shells

The end of the world really did happen, just like the Mayans said; but not in the way we thought...


Code Literacy: A 21st-Century Requirement

As I see it, code literacy is a requirement for participation in a digital world. When we acquired language, we didn't just learn how to listen, but also how to speak.


My Preface to Boorstin’s “The Image”

The new edition of Boorstin’s classic book on media and culture, The Image, has just been released from Vintage. I had the honor of writing a new […]


There’s More to Being a Journalist Than Hitting the ‘Publish’ Button

For better or worse, the Internet is 'biased to the amateur and to the immediate.'


Too Big to Live

As the financial institutions we have come to rely on appear to topple under their own weight, our natural instinct is to rush to support them.



“Who’s the Rat? Reality TV as Psych Lab,” EME: Explorations in Media Ecology, Vol.1, No. 1 (2003)