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, 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 »


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 »

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 »