Douglas Rushkoff On Kicking The Consensus Reality Habit

Doug Rushkoff. Photo by Paul May (CC)

Doug Rushkoff. Photo by Paul May (CC)

An interview with Douglas Rushkoff via Technoccult:

“When Video Toaster for the Amiga came out everyone was really excited,” he Rushkoff said. “We believed that we could use it to create deeply alternative states of consciousness using lights and colors and things.”

“Today, those technologies are used by companies like Fox News to make you pay attention to what they want you to pay attention to, or to make your eye fall on a particular ad. Stuff like that.”

But he says if you know how the program works, you’re less likely to be hypnotized by it. “There’s two ways to experience magic,” he says. “And I don’t mean stage magic.” You can either experience it as a spectator, watching a priest or guru. Or you can participate. “Having a guru will only take you so far,” he said. “You have to become the guru.”

But it’s not easy. Rushkoff admits he’s been having trouble participating in magic these days. “My sense is that the suppositional conditioning that I’ve undergone – making a living, raising a kid, keeping a house in working order, paying a mortgage – I’ve expended a lot of energy in less efficient ways,” he said. “I’ve become less trusting of the more subtle ways of influencing the world around me.”

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  • Anonymous

    This site needs more articles like this. Bitching about politics and social reform doesn’t get us anywhere except more frustrated and addicted to the same repetitive articles coming in. This war, that war, Bilderberg, conspiracies, more conspiracies, assholes on Wallstreet. Okay, that’s all good and dandy, and we get it. And it’s good to stay updated, but let’s think about how we’re going to change this shit. Get involved. I implore you all. Let’s post more articles about how to deprogram ourselves, rewire our nervous systems, using ‘magick’ to spread info all over the web in order to wake people up. WE MUST ACT NOW AND SPREAD THIS INFO! There are far too many people still asleep talking about Jersey Shore and all that garbage. People eat shit, do and believe what other people say, buy into this consensus reality structure. FUCK THAT!

  • cosmicserpent

    This site needs more articles like this. Bitching about politics and social reform doesn’t get us anywhere except more frustrated and addicted to the same repetitive articles coming in. This war, that war, Bilderberg, conspiracies, more conspiracies, assholes on Wallstreet. Okay, that’s all good and dandy, and we get it. And it’s good to stay updated, but let’s think about how we’re going to change this shit. Get involved. I implore you all. Let’s post more articles about how to deprogram ourselves, rewire our nervous systems, using ‘magick’ to spread info all over the web in order to wake people up. WE MUST ACT NOW AND SPREAD THIS INFO! There are far too many people still asleep talking about Jersey Shore and all that garbage. People eat shit, do and believe what other people say, buy into this consensus reality structure. FUCK THAT!

    • Anon

      well yes, once that became easy everyone got on board doing it and rarely was thought given on the next step, but it is an essential first step as the author states, “if you know how the program works, you’re less likely to be hypnotized by it”

  • Anon

    well yes, once that became easy everyone got on board doing it and rarely was thought given on the next step, but it is an essential first step as the author states, “if you know how the program works, you’re less likely to be hypnotized by it”