Are Cell Phone Users the New Smokers?

http://www.thefeature.com/article?articleid=101010 If the newest etiquette surveys are any indication, mobile phones may be going the way of the cigarette. Just to prove how good smokers used to have it, a recent Seattle Times article cited the 1941 treatise on manners, “New American Etiquette.” The book, with all the compassion that a high-school football coach bestows […]   read more »

The Real Threat of Blogs

I believe that the most dangerous thing about blogs to the status quo is that so many of them exist for reasons other than to make money. A thriving community of people who are engaged for free, to me, have a certain authority that people doing things for money don’t. Writing a book for money […]   read more »

Club ZeroG & end of the Convention

Yes, ClubZeroG is still alive and well, enjoying the shelves in the comics shops and online, if not the bookstore chains. And a new interview (well, actually, an expanded version of an older interview) on Comic Book Resources should help some new people find out about its existence. How about that convention? Thank goodness it’s […]   read more »

Bloggers Ad Nauseum

I did a panel the other night – part of all the generally anti-Republican Convention stuff going on this week in NYC – about Blogs and Bloggers. We covered the obvious ground, about whether blogs make a difference or are just having a good time (my response was that having a good time can make […]   read more »

Changing Selves

I did an interview on Changesurfer radio this weekend – mostly about my book Open Source Democracy, but ultimately about the changing nature of the individual in the face of emerging networks and community. As I explained it on the air, it all comes down to the way we define “self.” In the past – […]   read more »

We Don’t Need Another Hero

Just back from an Omega Institute weekend I led with Grant Morrison, Paul Laffoley, Richard Metzger and Howard Bloom. Interesting combination of people – I ended up hanging out and resonating most with Grant this time out. Where we seemed to connect most was in our shared sense that Aristotle’s narrative arc – the male […]   read more »

Graphic Novel as Sigil

The reviewer at Media Underground pegged it. From his critique: The minimalism that is present in Club Zero G makes the pace of the book exceptionally fast. The images are simple yet bold with a richness in colour that seems extremely striking to the eye. The dialogue is sparse yet to the point and it […]   read more »

What’s Wrong with Voting Against George Bush?

The right-wing pundits on the Sunday morning news shows this week seem to think that the best critique of John Kerry and of the Democratic Convention, voters, and ticket in general is the notion that most of the party’s supporters are still just voting “against George Bush.” The idea, here, is that voting against something […]   read more »

Spawn

Science told us it couldn’t happen, but guess what: a future Rushkoff is making her way to this dimension.   read more »

Anti-Drugs Vaccines For Kids?

Just got passed this one from the Center for Cognitive Liberties and Ethics. Frightening? In brief, yesterday The Independent issued a story: “Children to get jabs against drug addiction”: http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/crime/story.jsp?story=544439stating, among other things: “A radical scheme to vaccinate children against future drug addiction is being considered by ministers, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.” “Under […]   read more »