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Party: Next-Door Neighbor Wrap; Rushkoff’s Life, Inc. Launch

June 15th, 2009 by Jeff Newelt


Team-ups are a time-honored tradition in comics. So its apropos that we celebrate the wrap of NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBOR, SMITH’s true-life webcomic anthology edited by Dean Haspiel, with not only a proper party, but a team-up of our own. Media theorist/author/longtime friend, Doug Rushkoff, has just launched his new book, LIFE INC: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back, and we can’t think of a better project to join forces with. That’s why SMITH, along with WFMU and ARTHUR Magazine, is toasting the wrap of NDN and launch of LIFE INC with a party on Thursday, June 18, at Sutra Lounge in NYC at 9pm. Facebook invite here you come!

Doug’s book reveals how we’ve been corporatized to the point that we don’t realize that our “money” isn’t actually the only form of currency, that we can create value for each other numerous ways, person-to-person, with numerous forms of “complementary currency” (e.g. doing things for each other and our communities). At SMITH, we like to consider the personal stories told by our community as our currency, buying your attention, as collective value is created by sharing wisdom, knowledge, laughs and tragedies in carefully crafted stories, comics and even Six-Word Memoirs. Doug’s book celebrates, from an unexpected angle, human connection and value creation, unmediated by a brand or corporation, and from this point of view, shows how our economic shithouse may just be a blessing in disguise. For a preview, watch this video of Doug digging into his idea below.

It so happens Doug’s wife Barbara Rushkoff wrote one of the most popular NDN stories, “Glenna Evans,” which makes our mashup soiree that much more …mashable. Join us 6/18, first at Bluestockings Bookstore where Doug will be discussing LIFE INC, and then for the party at Sutra Lounge, where you can meet and chill with Rushkoff, Haspiel and many NDN creators. The legendary Cedric IM Brooks amd some of his pals from the Skatalites who will be vibin’ us with jazzier Nyabinghish versions of the tunes they tour the world with, just for this occasion. Again, here’s the invite on our BFF, Facebook.

Life Inc. The Movie from Douglas Rushkoff on Vimeo.

19 Responses

  1. Journalista - the news weblog of The Comics Journal » Blog Archive » June 16, 2009: History in the making

    [...] June 18 (New York City, NY): A wrap-up party for Smith Magazine’s “The Neighbor Next Door” webcomics anthology takes place at the Sutra Lounge on First Avenue, beginning at 9PM. Details here. [...]

  2. JahFurry

    Hey folks here is the FACEBOOK INVITE for more info and to RSVP:
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=80142797254

  3. KingofthePaupers

    Jct: Best of all, when the local currency is pegged to the Time Standard of Money (how many dollars/hour child labor) Hours earned locally can be intertraded with other timebanks globally! In 1999, I paid for 39/40 nights in Europe with an IOU for a night back in Canada worth 5 Hours.
    U.N. Millennium Declaration UNILETS Resolution C6 to governments is for a time-based currency to restructure the global financial architecture.
    See my banking systems engineering analysis at http://youtube.com/kingofthepaupers

  4. Journalista - the news weblog of The Comics Journal » Blog Archive » June 17, 2009: A quick skim

    [...] June 18 (New York City, NY): A wrap-up party for Smith Magazine’s “The Neighbor Next Door” webcomics anthology takes place at the Sutra Lounge on First Avenue, beginning at 9PM. Details here. [...]

  5. Journalista - the news weblog of The Comics Journal » Blog Archive » June 18, 2009: Won’t be hitting the city pool

    [...] June 18 (New York City, NY): A wrap-up party for Smith Magazine’s “The Neighbor Next Door” webcomics anthology takes place at the Sutra Lounge on First Avenue, beginning at 9PM. Details here. [...]

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    [...] Douglas Rushkoff with both SMITH and Arthur Mag? This sounds like a party! [...]

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    Rushkoffs making the right ponits, and he does do his literate homework but he still suffers from the ailment that his very rational ways just go to feed the machine. His SWSX audience or that at the current TED’s that lost the E for Entertainment- and have substituted it with a G for Govern- just use his fame to underscore their own meta agendas .Let’s face it, hes become a Jon Stewart with out the funny timing. Maybe the same fate that fell McLuhan, as he became a talk show oddity in his later years.I dont think its the we should become programmers meme hes speading, but the know your media one the problem is really insideous since the medium he’s questioning is designed to use his contrarian remarks against him.The media induced psychosis that has infected us all for decades .So IF the techno-religion is what replaced science,reason and the humans god, how does one end it?,, i think the only answer is to present enough evidence of its harm that eventually the faith of its borg drones must question themselves.the only other answer is one of violence but that is how religious wars go.More rewards for doing- less for reporting. Especially in the digital age, where artifacts are temporary and too easily aquired

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