Books by Douglas Rushkoff

PRESENT SHOCK by Douglas Rushkoff
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 >
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
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

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
Released: May 1, 1997

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. In an abandoned factory in Oakland, a group of drug-munching techno-nerds and cyber-geeks, along with a guru wannabe, set up their experiment in communal living: a huge, fully wired environment for moneymaking parties and performances. Read full book review >

Released: June 19, 1996

Kaffee-klatsch musings masquerade as visionary insight in this hopelessly square Baedeker to what we can learn from today's youth, or ``screenager,'' culture. That loud humming you hear is all the '90s buzzwords, from chaos to Gak (a goo product that kids play with) to holism, that Rushkoff totemistically lards throughout the text. Read full book review >

MEDIA VIRUS! by Douglas Rushkoff
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

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. The ``datasphere,'' says culture critic Rushkoff (Cyberia, not reviewed), is the new territory of human development, a region as ``open as the globe was five hundred years ago.'' Discounting fears that new media will remain the province of corporations and governments, Rushkoff maintains that they're too complex and chaotic to be controlled by any one force. Read full book review >

CYBERIA by Douglas Rushkoff
Released: April 1, 1994

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. This largely sympathetic report from the latest frontier will undoubtedly strike many older readers as outrageous, but others (especially those with clear memories of the 60's) may find much of the rhetoric familiar, even nostalgic. Read full book review >