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 »

CNN: What I’m Telling Congress on Wednesday: Teach Kids Code

(CNN) — This week is Computer Science Education Week, which is being observed around the United States with events aimed at highlighting the promise — and paucity — of digital education. The climax of the festivities, for me anyway, will be the opportunity to address members of Congress and their staffers on Wednesday in Washington about the […]   read more »

Code Literacy: A 21st-Century Requirement – Ask kids what Facebook is for, and they’ll tell you it’s there to help them make friends. And, on the surface anyway, that’s what it looks like. Of course, anyone who has poked a bit deeper or thought a bit longer about it understands that people programming Facebook aren’t sitting around wondering how […]   read more »

CNN: Occupy debt

Much like President Obama, the Occupy movement is alive and well and entering its second term, thank you very much. It’s no longer about squatting in public parks, getting on the news, or — in some cases — getting arrested. No, instead this decentralized, bottom-up, anti-Wall Street effort is taking aim at your medical, student […]   read more »

CNN: iPhone is not your savior

(CNN) — Last time around, humanity’s savior came in the form of a human messiah. This time, if technology analysts, bankers and venture capitalists are to be believed, it will take the form of a handheld computer otherwise known as a smartphone. That’s right, the new Apple iPhone announced Wednesday is already being credited with saving […]   read more »

CNN: Apple v Samsung: What if they had patented the alphabet?

Imagine we were just developing spoken language for the first time. And someone came up with a new word to describe an action, thought, or feeling – like “magnify” or “dreadful.” But in this strange world, the person who came up with the word demanded anyone else who used it to pay him a dollar […]   read more »

CNN: Should we trust Twitter?

(CNN) — Twitter users are rightly aghast that the company on Sunday banned a user for openly criticizing NBC’s coverage of the Olympics. After Guy Adams, a British newspaper reporter for The Independent, posted negative comments about NBC’s tape-delayed Olympics coverage (including one executive’s work e-mail for viewers to make complaints), Twitter alerted its business partner — NBC […]   read more »

Just Took My First Job: @Codecademy

So my officemate (or more accurately, office donor) Ian Alexander was perusing the net a few months ago, and then shouted across the room to me, “these guys are doing what you’ve been saying.” He was talking about Codecademy, a website built by two Columbia University students (well, former students) who realized that computer coding […]   read more »