CNN: The terror of ‘real time’

So is this the “new normal”? That’s the question I keep hearing as people try to comprehend the tragedy at the Boston Marathon and its chaotic aftermath. The answer is yes — in more ways than you might think. I don’t mean that we’re supposed to get used to explosions, school shootings and other threats […]   read more »

CNN: The joke may be on Zuckerberg

Facebook’s latest defense of the mental distraction it creates for its users? It’s not a bug, it’s a feature! At least that’s the meaning I take from a Web commercial for the new smartphone start screen, Facebook Home, in which founderMark Zuckerberg’s announcement of the portal’s launch is disrupted and interrupted by a host of Facebook […]   read more »

‘Present Shock’: The Future Isn’t a Book, It’s a Videogame

by MORGAN CLENDANIEL via FastCompany.  In Present Shock, media theorist Douglas Rushkoff argues that technology has delivered us to the future, and so it’s now time to use that technology to allow us to focus on the present, instead of force us to constantly try to catch up. “I’m a Presentist,” says Douglas Rushkoff. His new book, Present Shock, […]   read more »

Douglas Rushkoff On The Terror of Modern Time

Nice short movie about Present Shock by Abe Riesman of the New York Observer’s “betabeat”.  Here’s the piece he wrote to go with it:  Douglas Rushkoff On The Terror of Time “Are we gonna give all our bloggers Adderall and stick ‘em in a room and tell ‘em to just churn out more shit?” By Abraham […]   read more »

Futurists Don’t Suck

I apologize. I wrote short piece for Good last week, inappropriately entitled  “Why Futurists Suck”. While I agree with the piece I wrote, the title frames a very particular situation in much too broad and unnecessarily incendiary terms. The title is actually a reference to the satirical subtitle of a talk I did at SXSW […]   read more »

Favorite Present Shock Interviews

I’ve been in media mode for Present Shock, hoping to get people to – yes – buy it! But it’s also a great opportunity to engage with people about the ideas I’ve been wrestling with for the past, gosh, twenty years. Here’s a list of some of my favorite conversations. I’ll be updating this post […]   read more »

New York Times’ Janet Maslin reviews Present Shock

Out of Time: The Sins of Immediacy By JANET MASLIN “Present Shock” is one of those invaluable books that make sense of what we already half-know. Playing on the title of Alvin Toffler’s influential 1970 “Future Shock,” which sounded an alarm about what Mr. Toffler called “a personal perception of too much change in too short a period […]   read more »

Wall Street Journal adaptation from Present Shock

Adapted from the forthcoming book “Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now” by Douglas Rushkoff, published by Penguin. Technology has always given us more control over time—especially now at the dawn of the digital age. But no matter how precisely we can count our milliseconds, neither our bodies nor our businesses are proving as programmable as […]   read more »

CNN: Instagram users should wise up

(CNN) — I’m just as reactionary and just as outraged as the next Internet user when I learn that a service I’ve been using for free is going to start selling my information to market researchers or excerpting my posts and pictures for its clients’ advertisements or charging me good money to communicate with an online […]   read more »

Publishers Weekly “stars” my upcoming ‘Present Shock’

After all these years, my first “starred” review at Publishers Weekly! (yes, you can pre-order this book here)  Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now Douglas Rushkoff. Current, $25.95 (286p) ISBN 978-1-59184-476-1 Whether or not readers are familiar with the concept of presentism—the theory that society is more focused on the immediacy of the moment in front […]   read more »