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Douglas Rushkoff

Former Faculty, Adjunct, Class of


Courses Taught: Narrative Lab
Experiments in Digital Economics

Winner of the first Neil Postman award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity, Douglas Rushkoff is an author, teacher, and documentarian who focuses on the ways people, cultures, and institutions create, share, and influence each other's values. He sees "media" as the landscape where this interaction takes place, and "literacy" as the ability to participate consciously in it. His ten best-selling books on new media and popular culture have been translated to over thirty languages. They include Cyberia, Media Virus, Playing the Future, Nothing Sacred, Open Source Democracy, Coercion (winner of the Marshall McLuhan Award for best media book), Get Back in the Box, Exit Strategy, and Ecstasy Club Rushkoff also wrote the novel Ecstasy Club, the "open source" novel Exit Strategy, and the graphic novels Testament and Club Zero-G.  He has written and hosted two award-winning Frontline documentaries: The Merchants of Cool looked at the influence of corporations on youth culture, and The Persuaders explored a cluttered landscape of marketing, and new efforts to overcome consumer resistance. He developed the Electronic Oracle software series for HarperCollins, founded Open Source Judaism, Media-Squatters, and Technorealism, and is on the Board of the Media Ecology Association and the Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics. In addition, Rushkoff heads up ITP's Narrative Lab, and is working on a new book, film, and web project for RandomHouse called Life, Incorporated.