Douglas Rushkoff On The Terror of Modern Time

Nice short movie about Present Shock by Abe Riesman of the New York Observer’s “betabeat”.  Here’s the piece he wrote to go with it:  Douglas Rushkoff On The Terror of Time “Are we gonna give all our bloggers Adderall and stick ‘em in a room and tell ‘em to just churn out more shit?” By Abraham […]   read more »

Futurists Don’t Suck

I apologize. I wrote short piece for Good last week, inappropriately entitled  “Why Futurists Suck”. While I agree with the piece I wrote, the title frames a very particular situation in much too broad and unnecessarily incendiary terms. The title is actually a reference to the satirical subtitle of a talk I did at SXSW […]   read more »

Favorite Present Shock Interviews

I’ve been in media mode for Present Shock, hoping to get people to – yes – buy it! But it’s also a great opportunity to engage with people about the ideas I’ve been wrestling with for the past, gosh, twenty years. Here’s a list of some of my favorite conversations. I’ll be updating this post […]   read more »

New York Times’ Janet Maslin reviews Present Shock

Out of Time: The Sins of Immediacy By JANET MASLIN “Present Shock” is one of those invaluable books that make sense of what we already half-know. Playing on the title of Alvin Toffler’s influential 1970 “Future Shock,” which sounded an alarm about what Mr. Toffler called “a personal perception of too much change in too short a period […]   read more »

Wall Street Journal adaptation from Present Shock

Adapted from the forthcoming book “Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now” by Douglas Rushkoff, published by Penguin. Technology has always given us more control over time—especially now at the dawn of the digital age. But no matter how precisely we can count our milliseconds, neither our bodies nor our businesses are proving as programmable as […]   read more »

CNN: Instagram users should wise up

(CNN) — I’m just as reactionary and just as outraged as the next Internet user when I learn that a service I’ve been using for free is going to start selling my information to market researchers or excerpting my posts and pictures for its clients’ advertisements or charging me good money to communicate with an online […]   read more »

Publishers Weekly “stars” my upcoming ‘Present Shock’

After all these years, my first “starred” review at Publishers Weekly! (yes, you can pre-order this book here)  Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now Douglas Rushkoff. Current, $25.95 (286p) ISBN 978-1-59184-476-1 Whether or not readers are familiar with the concept of presentism—the theory that society is more focused on the immediacy of the moment in front […]   read more »

CNN: What I’m Telling Congress on Wednesday: Teach Kids Code

(CNN) — This week is Computer Science Education Week, which is being observed around the United States with events aimed at highlighting the promise — and paucity — of digital education. The climax of the festivities, for me anyway, will be the opportunity to address members of Congress and their staffers on Wednesday in Washington about the […]   read more »

Code Literacy: A 21st-Century Requirement – Ask kids what Facebook is for, and they’ll tell you it’s there to help them make friends. And, on the surface anyway, that’s what it looks like. Of course, anyone who has poked a bit deeper or thought a bit longer about it understands that people programming Facebook aren’t sitting around wondering how […]   read more »

CNN: Occupy debt

Much like President Obama, the Occupy movement is alive and well and entering its second term, thank you very much. It’s no longer about squatting in public parks, getting on the news, or — in some cases — getting arrested. No, instead this decentralized, bottom-up, anti-Wall Street effort is taking aim at your medical, student […]   read more »