Team Human: Episode 31 – R.U. Sirius “Counter What?”

Just posted a new episode of Team Human. My friend and personal hero, R.U. Sirius, evaluates the state of the counterculture, What is it we’re supposed to be “counter”, anyway? Maybe it is we humans who are the culture, and they who are counter…. Plus, a thought essay from me about what happens if Trump […]   read more »

Team Human: Get the blood off your phone, but keep the fingerprints

We posted a great new episode of Team Human this week.  Bas van Abel, creator of the Fairphone, helps uncover the real human costs of smart phone manufacturing, as well as his efforts to develop a viable alternative. The show opens with a monologue that asks if the Broadway musical Hamilton gives the Left a dangerously compelling a fantasy […]   read more »

Heleo — Against the Clock: How Technology Has Changed Our Experience of Time

Alan Burdick is a staff writer and former senior editor at The New Yorker whose first book, Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion, was a National Book Award finalist and won the Overseas Press Club award for environmental reporting. His most recent book, Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation, chronicles his quest to understand the nature of lived time. He recently joined Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist and author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, for a conversation on what we miss about the nature of time when we only think about it as a number.   read more »

Hollywood Reporter — How Donald Trump Skillfully Taps Into Twitter’s “Ocean of Emotional Chaos”

Donald Trump is no more the master of Twitter than Twitter is the master of him. And while Twitter elevated an upstart, attention-seeking candidate, it may not prove as friendly an environment for a president who may actually want to get stuff done. Twitter may let people do an end run around the media's traditional gatekeepers, but it does so at a price. Social media platforms make money by tracking the flow of posts and reposts. They are selling the currents of influence and the data that can be gathered about each user. More tweets and retweets mean more data and more money, so the whole platform is optimized to trigger impulsive sharing and resharing. It rewards those who can generate an immediate response. If a tweet doesn't generate that instantaneous call to action in the two seconds it took to read, it won't get retweeted and will scroll out of sight, forever.   read more »

Fast Company – The Silver Lining Of Anti-Globalism Might Be The Creation Of A True Digital Economy

The rise of nationalist sentiments are not the cause of the economic shift underway, but a result of it. The real force energizing these changes is digital. While the digital economy has accelerated and amplified many of the mechanisms investors and corporations use to grow their capital, it has left most people with less money and less opportunity. This latest burst of fear stemming from that lack of opportunity is coming in the form of nationalism, and even protectionism, but it also could offer us a fleeting but real chance to turn our digital economy toward the needs of people instead of finance itself.   read more »

CNN – Trump as job creator – hope or hoax?

Trump's business policies can only be understood through the lens of public relations. Mood over Moody's. Market sentiment, not market fundamentals. In his schema, it matters less how much money people are making or how secure their jobs really are than how much money they feel like they're making and how secure they believe their jobs to be.   read more »

Bleeding Cool – Aleister and Adolf Favorite Graphic Novel 2016

This book has been an outlier on many press radars, but it’s one of those densely crafted, significant works that hopefully will be the gift that keeps on giving, showing comic creators and fans what new directions in the medium can be taken. Written by powerhouse social critic Douglas Rushkoff and drawn by the endlessly original Michael Avon Oeming the book tracks a fictional account of Aleister Crowley’s media wars with Adolf Hitler based on a few key historical facts.   read more »

Proletariat Pong

I made this videogame/NewYear’s card with my friends at http://getready.io – a new platform for people who want to make interactive stuff with a simple drag-and-drop toolset. Ready is to programming what WordPress is to markup, or Mac/Windows were to DOS. Or if you’re old like me, imagine what would have happened if Hypercard and […]   read more »

Gutter Trash – Aleister and Adolf

On episode 340, the Gutter Trash podcast discusses Aleister and Adolf. "In a story spanning generations, and featuring some of the most notable and notorious idealists of the 20th century, legendary occultist Aleister Crowley develops a powerful and dangerous new weapon to defend the world against Adolf Hitler’s own war machine spawning an unconventional new form of warfare that is fought not with steel, but with symbols and ideas. Unfortunately, these intangible arsenals are much more insidious and perhaps much more dangerous than their creators could have ever conceived."   read more »

BoingBoing – Crowley & Hitler Wage Occult War in Rushkoff’s Latest

Anyone who’s waded any distance into the murky waters of legend surrounding British occultist Aleister Crowley has likely heard the stories about his involvement with British intelligence in WWII. He helped interrogate Rudolf Hess after Hess flew a plane from Germany to Scotland to negotiate peace. He worked closely with Ian Fleming (and Fleming’s Blofeld is based on him). He falsified astrology charts to throw off Hitler’s soothsayers. Or, these are the apocryphal stories, anyway.   read more »