Books by Douglas Rushkoff

PRESENT SHOCK by Douglas Rushkoff
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 21, 2013

"Sure to be loved by readers who enjoy telling kids to get off their damn lawn, but unlikely to gain traction with a wider audience."
Media theorist Rushkoff (Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age, 2011, etc.) returns with a dire prognosis of society's ills. Read full book review >
NOTHING SACRED by Douglas Rushkoff
RELIGION
Released: April 1, 2003

"Seriously contentious thinking, at times graceless and a little pushy."
Internet maven Rushkoff, whose previous ponderings (Why We Listen to What "They" Say, 1999, etc.) have delineated threat and thrill in cyberculture, now has news for millions of seriously observant Jews: they don't get it. Read full book review >
COERCION by Douglas Rushkoff
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Some of what Rushkoff contends may be wildly speculative and overly alarmist, but on the whole he offers a convincing view of the constructed and controlled world in which we live."
Populist chronicler of cyberculture Rushkoff (Cyberia, 1994, etc.) moves here from his usual optimistic futurism to a somber depiction of a modern society in which everything is a commodity and the only interaction among humans is commerce. Read full book review >
ECSTASY CLUB by Douglas Rushkoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1997

"Enough cyberpop sociology to keep the Internet chatting; others will log off."
 Rushkoff, author of such books on the emerging cyberculture as Playing the Future (1996), etc., applies his Faith Popcornlike sense of the zeitgeist to his first fiction: a high-tech conspiracy tale that ends up as a conventional melodrama despite its next-wave flair. Read full book review >
PLAYING THE FUTURE by Douglas Rushkoff
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 19, 1996

"Of course, by deriving broad, fixed meaning from fragments of an atomized culture, he's not only contradicting himself, but revealing that he's an old fogy who can't hang ten on chaos. ($50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
 Kaffee-klatsch musings masquerade as visionary insight in this hopelessly square Baedeker to what we can learn from today's youth, or ``screenager,'' culture. Read full book review >
MEDIA VIRUS! by Douglas Rushkoff
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"But this book will convince many that the counterculture is alive and well—and more widely dispersed than ever. (Author tour)"
 An inspired look at how ideas are disseminated by the media and at how new concepts can be injected into the mainstream, altering views about critical social issues. Read full book review >
CYBERIA by Douglas Rushkoff
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 1, 1994

"A provocative, wide-ranging survey of the current state of the interface between the longings of youth and the wild potentials of computer technology."
 Rushkoff, a New York-based journalist, goes west to Berkeley for a look inside Cyberia—the emerging countercultural terrain of computer hackers, ``smart'' drugs, house music, and a range of alternate ``cyberpunk'' lifestyles and anarchic philosophies. Read full book review >