‘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 »

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 »