Douglas Rushkoff

Waiting for the End of the World: ‘Fallout’ and the Lure of the Apocalypse

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been obsessed with the Fallout series of video games. This isn’t an unusual development in and of itself — I have the sort of personality that dictates that if I like a book or a film or a game, I want to immerse myself in it 24/7 and read everything about it. And the Fallout games are great. They’re prime examples of why video games can be compelling art, four consecutive masterpieces of storytelling and world-building. But the strange thing is this: I’ve found myself starting to look forward to my forays into the Fallout world, not just to advance the plot or increase my character’s level or something, but as a sort of alternative world into which I can escape from this one. … Read More

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Flavorwire Staffers’ Favorite Books of 2013

With the end of every calendar year comes the customary influx of “Best Of” lists, definitively ranking the créme de la cultural créme of the last 365 days. But sometimes “best” doesn’t accurately describe the things that stick with us most, or that we irrationally love out of personal preference. So to cap off 2013, Flavorwire staffers listed their favorite cultural items of the year — the books, movies, and experiences we’ll be taking into 2014. Click through for Flavorwire’s favorite books of 2013, from 800-page epics to tell-all memoirs. … Read More

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Baby Boomer Cultural Tyranny Is Dead: The Smiths Top NME’s Greatest Albums Ever List

Clearly, pretty much any list that promises to provide you with “the 500 greatest albums of ALL TIME” will deliver no such thing. Trying to reduce the relative merits of wildly different albums into an objective numerical rank is clearly a fool’s game, but everyone does it (including, ahem, us) because the only thing music geeks like more than reading lists is arguing about them. With all those caveats out of the way, though, there seems to be something notable about the NME‘s recent list of, yes, the 500 greatest albums of all time, mainly because of what is picked as #1: The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers each recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed the most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Is Your Favorite Cartoonist Part of Occupy Comics?

The Occupy movement has garnered plenty of support from the arts community over the past few months, with musicians ranging from Jeff Mangum to Third Eye Blind serenading protesters and petition sites like Occupy Writers and Occupy Musicians popping up. Now, cartoonists are also declaring themselves, via Occupy Comics. The… Read More

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Great Parties in Literature We Wish We Could Have Attended

After our recent roundup of 25 great parties on film, it occurred to us that movies aren’t the only medium to have depicted fantastic fêtes. So, to help you gear up for a celebratory July 4th weekend, we reached out to Flavorpill staff and readers alike to get their nominations for liteature’s best bash. With their help, we’ve come up with a list of ten great gatherings we would love to have attended. Keep the party going by adding your favorites in the comments. … Read More

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An Alternative Syllabus for Understanding Corporate America

We live a corporate world, and the evidence flashes in front of our eyes 5,000 times a day. Though there isn’t anything inherently wrong with this kind of business, and it can be used to further laudable common goals, our current corporatism, and the laws that enable it, have had disastrous results for our economy, government, environment, and bodies. The relaxing of anti-trust laws and the establishment of corporate personhood are largely responsible for the domination of our society by these inhuman giants. Thankfully, this trend in its many facets is well documented. A significant percentage of popular documentary films take big business as their subject matter, as do many popular nonfiction books, television shows and radio programs. These works are crucial in educating us and providing a view of the forest that can be hard to see from within our consumerist trees. We’ve rounded up a few of the most important and well done documentaries about our corporate society. They range from satirical to heartbreaking, but at their core they are all deadly serious. … Read More

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What Should Brooklyn’s Currency Look Like?

Back in June, our friend Douglas Rushkoff stopped by Flavorpill to promote his new book  Life Inc.; it’s an interesting read about how corporations have come to dominate all aspects of our lives and what we can realistically do to even the playing field. One of the things he mentioned: local currencies. At the time, we thought he was nuts. And then we found out about the Brooklyn Torch Project, a North Brooklyn initiative “aimed at providing Brooklynites with a tangible medium of exchange that will circulate and support the resident community.” If you’re interested in getting involved, they’re looking for someone to help design the paper currency that will be used. After the jump, some of our favorite world currencies to help get your juices flowing. … Read More

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Video of the Day: Douglas Rushkoff Explains His Beef With Corporations

Flavorpill’s friend Douglas Rushkoff stopped by The Colbert Report last night for an amusing segment pegged to his new book, Life Inc. He presents what might be the most depressing stimulus package imaginable, and explains why today’s currency is essentially valueless. Colbert compares him to G. Gordon Liddy. It’s fascinating… Read More

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Exclusive: All the World’s a Corporation… But It Doesn’t Have to Be

Our friend Douglas Rushkoff’s new book Life Inc. is about how corporations have come to dominate all aspects of our lives (it goes back to the Renaissance, folks) and what we can realistically do to even the playing field. After the jump, he talks with us about how to settle a neighborhood without destroying it, what you can do to regain control over corporatism, why there’s no such thing as a “cultural… Read More

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