Dark Rye does Present Shock

This artfully-produced little film about me and Present Shock just came out from Dark Rye, a film series funded by Whole Foods. I have trouble looking at it, myself, but that might just be because it’s me on the screen, looking into lens most of the time. The movie recreates the experience of present shock, […]   read more »

Dutch TV’s Tegenlicht does Present Shock

The strangely compelling Dutch TV show Tegenlicht offers artists, musicians, and writers 45 minutes to explain themselves, using media and objects that relate to their ideas. Here’s me doing Present Shock in this wonderfully expansive format. Watch it on YouTube.   read more »

Is Mike Judge’s ‘Silicon Valley’ the End of Startup Mania?

This post originally appeared in RushkoffMail. Subscribe here.   I’ve always credited ‘Beavis & Butt-head’ creator Mike Judge for bringing down MTV. The simple cartoon, originally a short segment on late-night Liquid Television, consisted mostly of two teenage boys watching rock videos, making commentary about them, and then rejecting them: “this sucks, change it.” For me, the show […]   read more »

Shareable.com – Democracy: There’s an App for That

The best thing about Occupy Wall St. wasn’t what it argued politically or accomplished legislatively, but what it modeled for us: a new way of engaging with issues, resolving conflict, and reaching consensus. It was a style of engagement that seemed like it could only happen in person, between young people willing to sit in […]   read more »

Testament: New Price, Old Interview

Jeff Newelt dug up this interview for Write Now! back in 2007, as a way of celebrating the release of Testament and its new discounted $12.99 pricetag for the whole series.  Jeff’s a good friend, so the conversation goes deeper than most. We talk about the comics writers and artists who influenced me while I was […]   read more »

‘Testament’ Omnibus Edition Released

  The comic series I wrote for DC Vertigo is now, finally, available in a digital, omnibus edition at Comixology. It’s a retelling of the Bible in a near-future of crypto-currency, artificial intelligence, techno-mysticism, corporate militarism and sex magick. The complete edition includes annotation to the entire text, as well as explanations of the mythologies […]   read more »

Social Media and the Perils of Looking for ‘Likes’

(CNN) — Ask teens the object of social media, and they’ll all tell you the same thing: to get “likes.” Whether on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr, young users understand the coin of this realm, and are more than happy to do what is necessary to accumulate it. But is the currency value neutral, or […]   read more »

Politico: How Technology Killed the Future

The crises arrive from everywhere, and all at once. The responses do, too. New allegations about NSA eavesdropping, for instance, pop up on Twitter before the White House has had a chance to fully spin the last set. A Cabinet secretary is presumed ripe for firing over a botched health care website even before the site’s problems are fully diagnosed. The pauses between an event and a response to it—the space in which public opinion was once gauged—is gone, and now the feedback is indistinguishable from the initial action. The verdict, the takeaway, the very meaning behind what is happening is more elusive than ever before. We cobble together narratives and hunt for conclusions. Millions of social media posts per minute are parsed and analyzed as if those vast bits of opinion, conjecture and fancy somehow coalesce into a story.   read more »

Wild West Web Needs a Sheriff

(CNN) –&nbsp This week, champions of the “open net” are decrying a U.S. Court of Appeals decision striking down an FCC ruling that required Internet service providers to be neutral in their restrictions on bandwidth. The idea here is that giant bandwidth users, like Netflix or YouTube, will be required to pay access providers, like Verizon […]   read more »

Rushkoff Live: audio collection

BetterListen just put out an audio collection of my talks – one for each of the last three books. Steve Stein puts together some good collections, so I’m interested to listen to these, myself.  Kinda cool to see a package like this, though. It’s the closest I’ll get to seeing myself in the bins at […]   read more »