Journey’s End: Rushkoff and the Collapse of Narrative

Very nice analysis of Present Shock’s “Narrative Collapse” chapter, and how it impacts movies and storytelling, from writer Sean P. Carlin. Here’s a taste: A narrative unfolds over time, and carries us to a logical, conclusive endpoint; Rushkoff, in essence, asserts that our conventional sense of continuity—of linear narrativity—got disrupted by seismic events like 9/11 […]   read more »

CNN: Was government hack our final warning?

(CNN) — Was this the big one? Will the breach of at least 4 million government personnel files across all federal government agencies, including the private data of those applying for top-security clearance, be the one that brings everything down? Or is it merely another tremor before the big quake we’ve all been expecting but […]   read more »

Digital Disruption and the Death of Storytelling

Interview from this month’s issue of Marketing News about present shock, big data, and the end of linear narrative.  “The beginning of my conversation with Douglas Rushkoff happens as if it had been scripted: Rushkoff tries to answer my call while it’s being redirected from his phone through his laptop, through Google Voice and Skype, […]   read more »

‘Open Source Democracy’ Available for Free Download

A new ebook edition (pub/kindle) of Open Source Democracy, with CC license, is now available for download at unglue.it. The books asks: What would happen if the ‘source code’ of our democratic systems were opened up to the people they are meant to serve? In the software industry, the open source movement has emphasized collective […]   read more »

The Future is Now: Interview with Reality Sandwich

via Reality Sandwich: His nebbish visage seems to pop up everywhere–like a “Where’s Waldo?” life-feature. I remember seeing him on CNN, whilst slugging off one last one in an airport lounge before a long plane ride to Asia in the previous century; a year later, Y2K, I would see that same earnest face in-person amidst […]   read more »

CNN: The Russia Hack is Not About You

  (CNN) — Most people’s first response on hearing that 1.2 billion usernames and passwords have been compromised by a group of Russian hackers? We check our own most important accounts for evidence of misuse, and change our passwords. If a week or two goes by with nothing out of the ordinary happening on our credit cards, we […]   read more »

Come Study Media and Activism with Me at CUNY/Queens

It's official. I'm a university professor - and at a public university where you can all come and study and work and devise the future of civilization for cheap. The official press release is below. The skinny? I've taken my first university post, as a professor of media studies at CUNY/Queens College, where I'll be helping to build a first-of-its-kind media studies program. Instead of training people to become advertisers or to write the next useless phone app (and raise VC), I'm going to support people who want to see through the media, and use it to wage attacks on the status quo. This is media studies for Occupiers.   read more »

Punching Nerds in the Face is Never a Good Thing

(CNN) — At this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner — the annual opportunity for the President to engage directly, and humorously, with reporters who cover him — it was expected that most of the jibes would be aimed at Barack Obama. Sure, he gets the chance to defend himself, but it’s pretty much a roast: A […]   read more »