Music as Medium

Well, we did it. Neither the blizzard nor the resultant gridlock were enough to keep us, our equipment, or 400+ people from showing up last night at the Coral Room for our first gig as PTV3 – and my first real gig as a keyboard player. Predictably, a few of the people writing listings for […]   read more »

Just Say No

From The Center for Cognitive Liberties: Wired Magazine reports on a new drug-detection patch under development by SpectRx. “For the monitor to work, employees first have to have four microscopic holes — about the size of a human hair — burnt into the outer layer of their skin by a handheld laser… The oval patch […]   read more »

Branding Grid-Blog

In honor of the Grid Blog about branding, I humbly post a link to this chapter from Coercion, about the history of the BRAND.   read more »

stand with whom?

I got a very kind letter from an organization called standwithus.com, inviting me to work with them on helping Jews more “persuasively justify the Jews’ right to Israel.” I don’t have time to work on any more committees, anyway, but – after reviewing the material on their website – here’s the response I sent them: […]   read more »

Readings

As promised, here’s the reading list for my upcoming NYU class, “Theoretical Perspectives on Interactivity.” The order will change as I figure out how I’m going to organize this material. And the “recommended” readings usually refer to books for which I’ll provide hand-outs of one or two chapters. I may attempt to do an online […]   read more »

Me and Genesis

The next incarnation of PsychicTV – PTV3 – will debut at the Coral Room in NYC on December 5. According to the press release: “The line-up ov PTV3 is Douglas Rushkoff, Lady Jaye, Electric Eddie, Isaiah Singer,Alice Genese, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. With video sculptures presented by HONEYGUN LABS, and live sound mixed by Scott Reiter. […]   read more »

Me and Baruch

The Forward, a pretty established Jewish publication out of New York, has just announced its list of the Forward Fifty – a list of “the most influential members of the American Jewish community.” And right there in the section labeled ‘ideas’ is yours truly, “a latter-day Baruch Spinoza.” That’s about as good as it gets.   read more »

Danny Pearl book

A posted a while ago about an invitation I received from Danny Pearl’s parents to contribute to a volume of thoughts about Judaism/Jewishness in the wake of his murder called ‘I AM JEWISH: PERSONAL REFLECTIONS INSPIRED BY THE LAST WORDS OF DANIEL PEARL.’ I asked for some guidance from you all about what to say. […]   read more »

What am I working on?

Lots of people have been emailing to find out what I’m working on right now. Honestly, I’m working on too much. Here’s the main list – I’ll break it down in future posts, because some of it would benefit from discussion. 1. A new book on fun – doing things, particularly in one’s profession or […]   read more »

Stuff that is and isn’t true

“Lately I’ve begun to see so many things about me or my work that aren’t true. It’s become so easy to spread these fictions through the internet (thanks mostly to lazy reporters or web junkies who do all their research by typing in “key words” and then just repeat the same mistakes). And so I […]   read more »