CNN: The New Whistleblowers

Back when I was a kid, they were called “whistle-blowers”: employees of corrupt companies or government agencies, who went to the press with shocking stories of criminality or abuse. Daniel Ellsberg risked his life to leak the Pentagon Papers, which destroyed public support for the Vietnam War. Plutonium pellet maker Karen Silkwood was exposing malfeasance […]   read more »

CNN: A New Role for the One Percent

(CNN) — A whole lot of us are stuck with credit-card debt that goes up each month, mortgages worth more than our homes and student loans that extend into infinity. So it’s only natural that we look at the debt crisis from the bottom up: from the perspective of the 99% who are getting screwed. But […]   read more »

CNN: Lin, Zuckerberg, Obama: New kind of heroes?

(CNN) — The “Linsanity” surrounding the New York Knicks’ surprise phenom at point guard may be motivated by something bigger than sports. Yes, Jeremy Lin is a terrific athlete, whose almost accidental discovery by the Knicks and little-engine-that-could perseverance make for great radio commentary and pop cultural mythology. But there’s something deeper at play here: Lin […]   read more »

CBR – Shaun Manning’s Interview and Review of A.D.D.

By Shaun Manning –  In a near-future world, a select group of teenagers are chosen to beta-test revolutionary video games full time, living in a lavish dormitory that provides everything they could ask for and enjoying celebrity exceeding that of today’s most famous athletes. But what makes this group so special, and what does the […]   read more »

NPR TheTakeAway Interview: Will Facebook IPO Change Soul of the Company?

When Facebook becomes a publicly traded company, it will have a duty to its shareholders to maximize company profits. As it traverses from social media start-up to massive, publicly traded company, one media theorist says the company will have to battle to maintain its identity.   Facebook filed the first papers for it’s Initial Public […]   read more »

CNN: Facebook’s IPO – Zuckerberg Faces reality

(CNN) — We all knew he’d eventually get around to it: Mark Zuckerberg is expected to finally bring Facebook public. The company is reported to be preparing to file for an IPO — initial public offering — through which anyone will be able to buy shares of the social networking company on an open stock exchange. […]   read more »

ADD Reviewed…and liked!

I’ve been doing lots of interviews for ADD lately, and they’re starting to come out along with reviews and commentary.   “It’s a great read and a startling look at a reality that is already all around us. It works on every level, as a fascinating graphic novel, a biting social commentary, and a warning […]   read more »

CNN: Why I am Learning to Code and You Should, Too

(CNN) — This week, New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg tweeted his intent to learn computer code by the end of the year. He joined about 300,000 other people who have signed up at CodeYear to receive free interactive programming lessons each week from theCodecademy, a web-based tutorial. I am greatly relieved. It’s time Americans begin treating […]   read more »

BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow Reviews A.D.D.

Douglas Rushkoff’s ADD: tight, smart graphic novel delivers a scathing critique of the commodification of youth culture By Cory Doctorow at 6:24 am Tuesday, Jan 10 Douglas Rushkoff’s graphic novel debut, “A.D.D.” (Adolescent Demo Division) is a tight, action-packed comic wrapped around a serious, thought-provoking critique of the commodification of youth culture. The titular ADD is a squad of specially […]   read more »