Greetings Happy Mutants


23 Responses to “Greetings Happy Mutants”

  1. C White says:

    Mr. Rushkoff,

    Glad to see you around here.

    Just wanted to let you know I miss hearing your voice over the media squat podcast. I learned a lot those months you were doing it and I hope it happens again. Your explanation of economies and currency are wonderful for a lay person like me. Many thanks and keep up the excellent work.

  2. Nicky G says:

    Doug, look forward to reading more of your insightful words here! They tweaked my mind as a teenager in the 90s, and as always, you seem to be on point. Thank you, and I look forward to seeing what you have to say today!

  3. MrJM says:

    Mr. R., Good to have you about.

  4. emilydickinsonridesabmx says:

    Very cool choice of a guest blogger, I’m looking forward to see what Mr. Rushkoff has to say over the next two weeks. I’ve really enjoyed many of his books, especially ‘Bull’ and ‘Media Virus’, which was a big influence on my thinking when it came out.

  5. Avi Solomon says:

    Facebook’s ‘hidden’ agenda is pretty clear: Glean and simulate an intimate profile of each Facebook member and then sell the profile in slices to multiple corporations for humongous profits.

  6. jeligula says:

    Thank you for the thoughts. I actually used to have those, before the time I ate these cacti I found in the desert. It’s been happy mutantism ever since.

  7. anansi133 says:

    Your Facebook example reminds me of how I felt when I first used a 300 baud modem on an 8-bit computer. The potential for this was (and still is) so huge! But the efforts to turn it all into another kind of television channel have been largely successful.

    Back then you were expected to learn how to program your own machine, and the computer makers wanted to help you do that. Now, not so much.

    The shit’s going to get real as more people figure out how to use computers to negotiate their social contract directly with others, sidestepping banks and governments and ‘content providers’.

  8. JimSD says:

    I just finished reading Program or Be Programed, and it makes me want to learn programming, even if I am 56 and an English major. Thanks! And I love the publisher’s ebook attitude–it makes it easy for me to read on my many platforms.

  9. spocko says:

    Welcome. Looking forward to your posts.
    You comment about interfaces is true. And it’s intentional. I’ve worked with the founders of some of the biggest hardware and software companies in the world. The desire to lock people in and keep people out of the “guts” ran through them. When one did open things up it was seen as a mistake even though it ended up profiting them.

    I’d like to read some posts about companies that didn’t get their clocks cleaned by “real” business who care about profit first.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Started reading the PDF of your new book tonight. Wonderful work.Would love to get the in the hands of my students now, but alas, will probably have to wait till next semester to fit it into my class schedule. Let me know if there will be any discounts for large-scale orders, and I’ll get the campus bookstore buyer on it as soon as possible.

  11. pato pal ur says:

    awesome, welcome back! Looking forward to reading your posts again!

    It was great to meet you in Budapest a few months back, hope you can come again!

  12. fyodordos says:

    Not paying for content is a core value that has been espoused here on Boing Boing.

    • watchout5 says:

      So me buying his book doesn’t count? Or me buying Life inc? I love this guy and I’ve totally given him money, it’s not about a mad rush to get content for free, it’s about paying for the content I like.

    • Mark Frauenfelder says:

      Darn! I spent thousands on books, movies, video games, and software this year. Are you telling me I was duped, Fyodordos?

      • MrJM says:

        And I had no idea that purchasing a hard-copy of Cory’s book was anti-Boing-Boing.


      • David Pescovitz says:

        Mark, This is great news! When you get a moment, please call the following retailers and tell them I’ll be by for my refunds tomorrow: Aquarius Records, Dog Eared Books, Embarcadero Center Cinema, and, of course, Unfortunately, I think Kayo Books has a stated policy against refunds due to a lack of awareness of my own espoused values.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        Worse. You were betraying your own espoused core values. That’s pretty evil.

  13. user23 says:

    fyodordos: What does your comment mean? I’ve been perusing BB for quite a while..and can not recall a single instance of BB or it’s readers espousing digital theft. Perhaps you are thinking of Pirate Bay?

    Cool, Douglas Rushkoff! Extremely excited to see your presence here. I, for one, heartily agree with what you say re: today’s kids/people accepting technologies like Facebook at, ahem, face value. However, I see nothing new in the social realm with this. Corporations have been pushing their brain washing technologies down the throats of people for decades now. Whether it’s the “feel-good freedom” imagineered into commercials like Coca-Cola had in the late 70′s (I’d like to buy the world a coke…) or the subtle pseudo-rebellion certain car manufacturers attempt to cultivate in their vehicles to sell to Gen X’ers and Gen Y’ers – the general public has typically been at the mercy of one corporate psychology theory or another.

    I’d like to point out that with the rise of technology &, by extension, the power of corporations to use that tech. towards their own ends (profit, profit, profit at our cost.) so, too, rises an awareness against that. For instance, tho’ perhaps not the single best example, is an ever-growing counter-movement away from facebook & its ilk.

    anyway, thanks for coming to BB. Can’t wait to read more of your thoughts over the next several days.

  14. clenchner says:

    Loved your book on Jewish culture. Welcome Rushkoff!

  15. fnc says:

    “now accepting programs like Facebook at face value”

    As someone who was introduced to the internet pre-web, I have the occasional sting of disappointment that everybody who comes to the net nowadays is learning to think it’s fine if “the internet” only comes to them predigested through channels created, controlled and maintained by some other entity. The best example being apps (and Facebook is just a very elaborate app) that do things that a browser should just do, while taking away the choice of doing it with some other browser if you don’t like the one that came on your device. Don’t like the news app that won’t let you view stories from Reuters? Too bad, you shouldn’t have bought the brand X phone. I realize that’s an extreme example, but I see information pipes being rigged in that direction and it’s bothersome to someone who has always been used to the data just being out there, agnostic to the method by which it was going to be viewed. “There’s index.html, just have at it!”

    Sorry to grumble. It’s actually nice to meet you and based on what I’ve read here it sounds like you’ll have some interesting stuff to share.

  16. rushkoff says:

    Thanks. That means a lot.

    I know some of what I share here doesn’t resonate with everyone, but I think that’s the whole point. And usually the discussion eventually lands somewhere that we all learn a thing or two.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Yay! Glad to see you around. “the mutability of real world spaces” made me think of how funny it would be to unbolt park benches, and turn them all to face the opposite direction. Would anyone even notice?
    Or better yet, arrange them in a circle. :)

  18. Anonymous says:

    Just a little note for anybody wanting to buy: the ‘boing’ code won’t work on Paypal.

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