Ecstasy Study Studied Something Other than Ecstasy

…not that I know exactly where I come down on the use of Ecstasy (I suppose I approve of it in controlled settings), I find this article fascinating, and post it as an apology to all those who came out to the ROAR rally yesterday. I just wasn’t able to make it down to DC […]   read more »

Club Zero-G

Disinfo is going to be publishing my graphic novel, Club Zero-G, next year. I’ll be creating some secret previews on this site. In meantime, you can find out about it here. It was quite a change of pace for me to work on a project like this. So few words available to say so much. […]   read more »

New Preface

I’m working on a new preface, for the paperback edition of Nothing Sacred. The original one talked about new media, and how the values of transparency, literacy and community central to the health of interactive networks can also be found in Judaism. It was really a way for me to explain why a media theorist […]   read more »

Meaningful Assembly

Unless events conspire to prevent it, I’ll be speaking at the ROAR rally in DC next Saturday (6 September), ostensibly about the ‘draconian’ qualities of the Biden-supported anti-Rave acts. The chief problem with the new laws is that they target the promoters and owners of clubs and parties where it can be reasonably suspected that […]   read more »

Flash in the Pan?

Okay okay. I’ve gotten more email than I want to count asking me about Flash Mobs. From the perspective of a guy who used to be considered a cyberpundit (an oxymoronic phrase, as I see it, since this is a medium that undoes artificial expertise), this is like the old days: a phenomenon happens that […]   read more »

Lights are On

The lights are back on in the East Village – the very last of the blacked-out neighborhoods to get relit. I’m sure the preponderence of ‘projects’ here has nothing to do with our status on the priority list. The blackout made for an interesting couple of days, particularly down in Tompkins Square, where a Burning-Man-like […]   read more »

Having Fun

I got in a weird conversation the other night with a friend of my wife’s. He wanted to know what I was working on next, so I told him: a book about ‘fun.’ Deep fun, work as fun, meaning through fun, etc. And, get this, he said he doesn’t like to have fun. Figure that. […]   read more »

Up Against a Wall

The most ancient, but relevant fact in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is the numbers game. Whoever is the most fruitful and multiplying, wins. Israel realizes that within a few years – 4 to 8 by most counts – the Israelis in Israel will be outnumbered by Palestinians and Arabs. This is why Sharon and even the […]   read more »

Calling all McLuhan Fans

This is the only ‘academic’ organization I belong to (I’m actually on the board). And they’re doing a conference up in Rochester next spring. So, I encourage all my fellow armchair media theorists to submit ideas and come present them to this crew of McLuhanites: — Digital Environments and the Liberal Arts The fifth annual […]   read more »