No recovery

I don’t buy the economic recovery. A big bank merger and an unexpectedly high growth announcement last week led to some optimistic speculation by Wall Street’s optimistic speculators. Even a front-page NY Times analysis couldn’t help but credit Bush fiscal policy (the tax break) for the turnaround. I don’t think we’re in a turnaround. I […]   read more »

New Syllabus

I’m organizing a new seminar to teach at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU next semester. Here’s where I am, so far. Right to Play: Theoretical Perspectives on Interactivity The emergence of interactive technologies has profoundly altered our relationship to media and art from the position of spectators to that of players. For longer than […]   read more »

Where Are My Keys?

Having sold my trusty Roland just last year (on Ebay), I landed my spot as as keyboardist for PTV owning no keyboard. It has presented me with an interesting dilemma, because things have changed a lot since 1984 when I bought my last one. Real pianos and organs were before my time. Back in the […]   read more »

Psychic TV, Act III

I’m going to my first rehearsal tomorrow as the keyboard player for a newly formed reincarnation of Psychic TV, with Genesis P-Orridge. It’s a humbling prospect. Although it won’t be my first time playing with a band, it will be my first time playing with a band in a couple of decades, and my first […]   read more »

We are Responsible for the Way Things Are

Sorry for the radio silence – I’m just back from the UK, where access was a problem. (Actually, we were being put up in such a swanky neighborhood that there were no Internet cafes. We did, eventually, find a phone booth with a public terminal for email.) I did five talks in three days, all […]   read more »

Do Not Call Lists – threat to democracy?

Fighting off a flu this week, fresh from Howard Bloom’s first public talk in a couple of decades, and pondering just how Bush and the energy industy managed to save Enron money by recalling an elected official, I’ve been prone to darker speculation. So what I’m wondering is how the expansion of do-not-call registries may […]   read more »

Open Source Democracy

I’ve got a short book coming out next week in the UK called Open Source Democracy. It’s being released as a free publication, by a UK thinktank-network called Demos. You can download the PDF version of the book, here. Please feel free to repost it anywhere you like, or to make an html version – […]   read more »

Fake Guerilla Ads

Guerilla-style Napster ads have begun appearing on flyposters around NYC. It’s the familiar old Napster-head logo, in a six or eight inch sticker version. The idea is to make it look like a guerilla campaign – you know, Napster is back, and our users are so cool and excited that everyone is slapping these little […]   read more »

Too many stakes spoils the broth

I just had another one of those awful experiences talking about Judaism with Jews, at an otherwise successful event called Lishmah – a day of learning and teaching Torah ‘for it’s own sake.’ Problem was, instead of letting me do some Torah exploration, they put me on a two-person panel with a guy who read […]   read more »

Sudden Impact

Got hit by a car, today. It kinda pissed me off. I was crossing the street at a green light, in the official pedestrian crosswalk, and a car making a left turn hit me in the hip. I managed to throw my legs up so I ended up on the hood of the car instead […]   read more »