New Team Human Episodes

We just posted a great new Team Human episode with David Sax, author of the Revenge of Analog. It begins with a monologue from me about our growing intolerance for ambiguity in a digital age. Seeming stalemates and unresolved conflicts – take North Korea – feel like they must now careen toward one crazy conclusion […]   read more »

Alibi: Review of Aleister & Adolf

In a time where questioning what you see is as important as ever, Aleister and Adolf is a must-read book. By Mikee Riggs Aleister and Adolf By Douglas Roushkoff, Illustrated by Michael Avon Oeming Dark Horse Originals 88 pages $19.99 In varying degrees, evil can be viewed as subjective. What someone may perceive as a […]   read more »

Stir to Action: DIY approaches to the New Economy

Here’s a great new magazine out of the UK for those of us looking for hands-on DIY solutions for the new economy. I did an interview with them, too, asking people to evaluate just what value they’re really getting from the platforms they’re on.   Q&A with Douglas Rushkoff by Oliver Sylvester-Bradley Dec 27, 2016 STIR Magazine […]   read more »

Team Human: Episode 31 – R.U. Sirius “Counter What?”

Just posted a new episode of Team Human. My friend and personal hero, R.U. Sirius, evaluates the state of the counterculture, What is it we’re supposed to be “counter”, anyway? Maybe it is we humans who are the culture, and they who are counter…. Plus, a thought essay from me about what happens if Trump […]   read more »

Team Human: Get the blood off your phone, but keep the fingerprints

We posted a great new episode of Team Human this week.  Bas van Abel, creator of the Fairphone, helps uncover the real human costs of smart phone manufacturing, as well as his efforts to develop a viable alternative. The show opens with a monologue that asks if the Broadway musical Hamilton gives the Left a dangerously compelling a fantasy […]   read more »

Heleo — Against the Clock: How Technology Has Changed Our Experience of Time

Alan Burdick is a staff writer and former senior editor at The New Yorker whose first book, Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion, was a National Book Award finalist and won the Overseas Press Club award for environmental reporting. His most recent book, Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation, chronicles his quest to understand the nature of lived time. He recently joined Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist and author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, for a conversation on what we miss about the nature of time when we only think about it as a number.   read more »

Hollywood Reporter — How Donald Trump Skillfully Taps Into Twitter’s “Ocean of Emotional Chaos”

Donald Trump is no more the master of Twitter than Twitter is the master of him. And while Twitter elevated an upstart, attention-seeking candidate, it may not prove as friendly an environment for a president who may actually want to get stuff done. Twitter may let people do an end run around the media's traditional gatekeepers, but it does so at a price. Social media platforms make money by tracking the flow of posts and reposts. They are selling the currents of influence and the data that can be gathered about each user. More tweets and retweets mean more data and more money, so the whole platform is optimized to trigger impulsive sharing and resharing. It rewards those who can generate an immediate response. If a tweet doesn't generate that instantaneous call to action in the two seconds it took to read, it won't get retweeted and will scroll out of sight, forever.   read more »

Fast Company – The Silver Lining Of Anti-Globalism Might Be The Creation Of A True Digital Economy

The rise of nationalist sentiments are not the cause of the economic shift underway, but a result of it. The real force energizing these changes is digital. While the digital economy has accelerated and amplified many of the mechanisms investors and corporations use to grow their capital, it has left most people with less money and less opportunity. This latest burst of fear stemming from that lack of opportunity is coming in the form of nationalism, and even protectionism, but it also could offer us a fleeting but real chance to turn our digital economy toward the needs of people instead of finance itself.   read more »

CNN – Trump as job creator – hope or hoax?

Trump's business policies can only be understood through the lens of public relations. Mood over Moody's. Market sentiment, not market fundamentals. In his schema, it matters less how much money people are making or how secure their jobs really are than how much money they feel like they're making and how secure they believe their jobs to be.   read more »

Bleeding Cool – Aleister and Adolf Favorite Graphic Novel 2016

This book has been an outlier on many press radars, but it’s one of those densely crafted, significant works that hopefully will be the gift that keeps on giving, showing comic creators and fans what new directions in the medium can be taken. Written by powerhouse social critic Douglas Rushkoff and drawn by the endlessly original Michael Avon Oeming the book tracks a fictional account of Aleister Crowley’s media wars with Adolf Hitler based on a few key historical facts.   read more »