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 »

Extensive and Terrific Review of Nothing Sacred

Nothing Sacred got a terrific and extensive review in Issues, a publication of the American Council for Judaism. It came in very handy, today, as I confronted some strange personalities with axes to grind. Here’s a snip: This book is an important contribution to what, hopefully, will be a growing discussion about the future of […]   read more »

Terrorism Futures: Stunts and Hunts

There’s two gaming opportunities receiving wide coverage these days for their crassness: one lets you bet on the probability of new terrorist events, and the other gives you the opportunity to hunt naked women in the desert and then shoot them with paint guns. The first is a real proposal. DARPA believes that extending their […]   read more »

Pearl’s Parents

I got an email this weekend from Daniel Pearl’s parents, who are publishing a book called “I am Jewish,” after the Wall Street Journal reporter’s last words before being executed in Pakistan. The idea is to get a bunch of writers and thinkers to reflect on this phrase, and what it means to be Jewish. […]   read more »