Shucks and Awe

Okay, so they went through with it. I do think they were hoping to kill or frighten Saddam into submission without wasting all of this ordinance, but here’s what happens when you go to war. Interestingly, they’re making their bet on the presumption that Iraq is a truly top-down society. They’re not working on revolution; […]   read more »

Scared? No. Morose, yes.

I keep getting emails from people who live outside the US, asking if we New Yorkers are really as afraid of terrorism as everyone says we are. I’d have to say, no. We are not jumping at every loud sound, worrying about every large package on the subway, or tossing and turning in bed at […]   read more »

Nothing Sacred Tour

Okay, I’m posting this for two reasons. First, a lot of people have been emailing for information on when and where I’ll be speaking when my new book, Nothing Sacred, is released (April 8). Second, pasting this info into my blog window is the easiest way to get it into simple HTML for my tour […]   read more »

Net Penance

I just received this email: Dear Douglas, I am wondering if you are the Douglas Rushkoff who was in my second grade class with Miss Brownell in 1968-1969 (Chatworth Elementary, Larchmont, NY)?? If so, I owe you an apology. I stole the 1802 penny that you brought to class for Show and Tell. Ever since, […]   read more »

Old School

I just wrote a foreward for a book that’s coming out next year about Rave and Religion. Took me back. I thought I’d post it here, because it reveals something about my early work and thinking that might be of interest, or even surprising, to those of you who came to this particular party more […]   read more »

Google buys Blogger

Okay – we have to feel good for Evan, who has worked long and hard to make Blogger a reality. Now, he’ll finally get paid. But, to me, it’s a little unsettling that Blogger is now a Google venture. Especially since Google is so proud of their ability to feed search requests to the FBI […]   read more »

After Democracy

Okay, this will be my last “political” post for a while. (I can hear your applause.) In the near future, I’ll be sticking closer to my own areas of expertise, and posting links to news and analysis by others that I think deserves attention. You’ll still see some current events here, but mostly in the […]   read more »

Walking on the Moon

Those of us who were kids in the 1970’s watched Apollo launches and moon walks from the black and white TV in our classrooms. The astronauts even drove around in a little go-cart and collected rocks that they brought back for local museums throughout America. Most of us believed – and were even told by […]   read more »

Dissent in a Plutocracy

plu·toc·ra·cy NOUN: Inflected forms: pl. plu·toc·ra·cies 1. Government by the wealthy. 2. A wealthy class that controls a government. 3. A government or state in which the wealthy rule. ETYMOLOGY: Greek ploutokrati: ploutos, wealth; see pleu- in Appendix I + -krati, -cracy. I believe that American citizens – however much we may in our hearts […]   read more »