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 »

Cooperativism to Come – First talk about my upcoming book

I just attended a terrific conference on Platform Cooperativism, hosted by Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider. It was a great gathering of hundreds of activists, alternative economy folks, thinkers, and doers. I was quite humbled to be asked to deliver the closing keynote, which was essentially a first effort at expressing the gist of my […]   read more »

Russia, the Internet and a New Way to Wage War?

(CNN) — According to a report in The New York Times this week, the presence of Russian spy ships near important trans-Atlantic data cables is causing consternation among American military and intelligence officials. What, if anything, are the Russians planning to do? Are they trying to see how easily they could cut the cables if […]   read more »

Why Uber’s Bid For Platform Monopoly is Dangerous

This is a response to Susan Crawford’s recent piece “Getting Over Uber.” My problem with Uber all along has been that it’s optimized for a really specific utility, but at the expense of others. It’s a bit like online universities, which offer courses isolated from the fabric of education or a learning community. That’s the […]   read more »

No, You Can’t Have it All

(CNN) — Technology has always been about choice: Fire allowed us to choose to live in colder climates. Electric lighting offered us the choice to read at night. Drugs give us the freedom to choose stressful, self-destructive lifestyles. And digital technology gives us the ability to do more than one thing at the same time […]   read more »

Throwing Rocks: The first interview

I will be launching my next book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity, at South-by-Southwest next March. Here’s the first interview I’ve done about it, with Hugh Forrest of the Interactive festival.  SXSW: Tell us more about what your new book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus.Rushkoff: [The book is] about […]   read more »

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ – Why We’re Obsessed With Zombies

via Business Insider  “Present Shock” author Douglas Rushkoff explains why we love zombie shows and post-apocalyptic movies. We’re stuck in a nonstop feedback loop of information, without any beginning or end, and it causes us consistent stress and anxiety. These alternate realities act as an escape from that stress.  Produced by Joe Avella   read more »

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 »