Later he took up a post-graduate fellowship from the American Film Institute. Leary, along with John Barlow and Terence McKenna characterized the mids as techno-utopian, and saw the rapid acceleration of culture, emerging media and the unchecked advancement of technology as completely positive. Rushkoff often cites two events in particular — the day Netscape became a public company in ,  and the day AOL bought Time Warner in  — as pivotal moments in his understanding of the forces at work in the evolution of new media. Rushkoff spent several years exploring Judaism as a primer for media literacy , going so far as to publish a book inviting Jews to restore the religion to its "open source" roots. Viewing everything except for intention as media, he frequently explores the themes of how to make media interactive, how to help people especially children effectively analyze and question the media they consume, as well as how to cultivate intention and agency. He has theorized on such media as religion, culture, politics, and money.
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Douglas Rushkoff is one my oldest and dearest friends. So it was great fun to have him on the Cool Tool podcast. You can find him on Twitter rushkoff and Youtube. Show notes: Written language Written language is definitely a tool. Written language is what allowed us to record history for the first time, which is when we started to really think about the past.
Written language is what allowed us to write contracts into the future. So I see written language, text, as the thing that really invented time and invented progress, and that invented a future and a history. And to this day, it feels not like going back but like retrieving a really core human ability, when we write something down. This is the modern equivalent.
It may be the very best application of truly digital technology for me, in that it has turned the tuning dial into discrete numbers. It has other tech to lock in the stations, as well. I was pretty skilled at tuning in a station, even with a crude dial -- and did take some pride in my ability to tune slightly off a signal in order to increase treble and voice clarity.
But this really does the job, and is small enough to put under my pillow so I can listen to conspiracy and UFO radio shows late at night. But at home, when I have to record a monologue, I plug this desktop mic into my laptop and get sound that I think I may actually like better than my Shure SM7B.
It could just be that my voice sounds better with a worse microphone. Plug and play, in the real way. But once my iPhone 6 dies completely, I will use it full time. The main thing I like is what it makes me think and talk about: the possibility for ethical technology. But it points the way. Dash Mini Waffle Maker This is a tiny waffle iron that makes great waffles, really simply. And I use the light to sort of figure out when my waffle is done as well.
And I like the surface. I like the skin of the waffle or the sides of the pancake more than the insides. So, we make mini things. We make mini omelets and mini waffles and mini pancakes, and we can control our dosing better that way too.
In one hundred lean and incisive statements, he argues that we are essentially social creatures, and that we achieve our greatest aspirations when we work together -- not as individuals.
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Douglas Rushkoff is one my oldest and dearest friends. So it was great fun to have him on the Cool Tool podcast. You can find him on Twitter rushkoff and Youtube. Show notes: Written language Written language is definitely a tool.
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