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 »

Distraction from What?

So I had the great and unexpected pleasure of sitting down with Al Gore for a couple of hours this week, to talk mostly about some distributed media ideas. He was a much brighter, open-minded, and – if I might add – cosmic thinker than I gave him credit for, before. I felt like he […]   read more »

Pop Goes the Weasel

Now that Steve Case has finally stepped down as the figurehead of AOL-TimeWarner, the media empire is free to spin-off it’s Internet services division and become a good ol’ content provider, again. That is, if they can remember how. Case’s departure marks the real end of the Internet-as-business era, the ultimate admission that kudzu-like though […]   read more »

MP3’s are Bad for You

So, on the lighter side, I’m thinking about doing an NPR commentary on the decline in fidelity of digital music formats. Coming from the old world of lps (vinyl disks on which we used to store music as little bumps analogous to the sounds that made them), I’ve always had a bias against digital sampling […]   read more »