Flashback: The People’s Net

15 years ago, in the wake of the dotcom crash and reports of the Internet’s demise, I wrote this piece for Yahoo Internet Life. Joichi Ito just referred to it on his blog, so I thought I’d dig it out of the archives. The Internet is Back, Alive and Well Yahoo Internet Life, July 2001 […]   read more »

Salon: In Apple vs. the FBI, the people won’t win

Read this interview at Salon   Tim Cook (Credit: Reuters/Robert Galbraith/AP/Michael Dwyer)   Over the last few days, a debate has raged about the responsibility of a corporation to national security: Should Apple concede to a federal court order and unlock the phone of San Bernardino mass shooter Syed Farook, which might reveal useful information […]   read more »

The Atlantic – Twitter Is Not a Failure

To listen to Wall Street tell the story, Twitter is an abject failure. The stock is down more than 50 percent since co-founder Jack Dorsey took over as CEO last year. User growth and revenue prospects have stagnated, and investors see little chance of a major turnaround. Yet only in the twisted logic of the […]   read more »

The Guardian – The Malfunctioning Tech Economy

Ian Tucker   Douglas Rushkoff emerged as a media commentator in 1994 with his first book, Cyberia. His debut examined “the early psychedelic, rave roots of digital technology. I was trying to infer what a digital society might be like given the beliefs of these people,” he tells me during a phone interview from his home in Hastings on […]   read more »

How the Digital Media Environment Enforces Boundaries

In the 1980’s, the ultimate television president, Ronald Reagan, went to Berlin and implored Mr. Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.” Thanks to the global spectacle of electronic age as well as the unifying image of the earth from space, we were on our way to becoming one world. For better and for worse, both […]   read more »

Fork the Economy

I’ve given up on fixing the economy. The economy is not broken. It’s simply unjust. There’s a difference. We have to stop looking at our economy as a broken system, but one that is working absolutely true to its original design. It’s time to be progressive — and this means initiating systemic changes. For example, […]   read more »

Rebooting Work

Digital and robotic technologies offer us both a bounty of productivity as well as welcome relief from myriad repeatable tasks. Unfortunately, as our economy is currently configured, both of these seeming miracles are also big problems. How do we maintain market prices in a world with surplus productivity? And, even more to the point, how […]   read more »

Terrorism as Virus

I wrote this back in 2009, based on some work I did on the notion of cultural “contagion” in 1994. It’s actually a rewrite of something I wrote right after 9-11. I was trying to get someone (anyone) in the State Department to accept the emergence of new non-linear forms of communication, and come to […]   read more »

Donald Trump: The Ultimate Digi-genic Candidate

Earlier this month, Donald Trump spewed a string of enraged non sequiturs for two hours straight on a stage in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He suggested castration or the death penalty as the only appropriate remedy for the self-admittedly “pathological” Ben Carson. He claimed the US plans to accept 250,000 Syrian refugees even though the Obama […]   read more »