Doug Rushkoff

Pop!Tech 2004

Renaissance Prospects
47 minutes, 21.7mb, recorded 2004-10-23
Douglas Rushkoff analyzes, writes and speaks about the way 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.

Rushkoff is the author of eight best-selling books on new media and popular culture, including Cyberia, Media Virus, Playing the Future, Coercion: Why We Listen to What "They" Say, and the novels Ecstasy Club, Exit Strategy and, most recently, Nothing Sacred: The Truth about Judaism. His graphic novel, Club Zero-G is forthcoming from Disinfo.

His commentaries air on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR's All Things Considered, and appear on the back page of Time magazine. His monthly column on cyberculture is distributed through the New York Times Syndicate and appears in over thirty countries.

Rushkoff lectures about media, art, society, and change at conferences and universities around the world. He hosts and writes documentaries for PBS, Channel Four, and the BBC.

Rushkoff's award-winning Frontline documentary The Merchants of Cool was one of the most watched and most talked about documentaries of the year.

He has served as an adjunct professor of communications at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program for the past six years, as an Advisor to the United Nations Commission on World Culture, on the Board of Directors of the Media Ecology Association, and as a founding member of Technorealism. He has been awarded Senior Fellowships by the Markle Foundation and the Center for Global Communications Fellow of the International University of Japan.

He regularly appears on TV shows from NBC Nightly News and Frontline to Larry King and Politically Incorrect. Rushkoff writes for magazines and newspapers including Time, The Guardian, Esquire, Paper, GQ and The Silicon Alley Reporter, and developed the Electronic Oracle software series for HarperCollins Interactive.

Facilitation graphics by Peter Durand of Alphachimp Studio

This presentation is one of many from the IT Conversations archives of Pop!Tech 2004 held in Camden, Maine, October 21-23, 2004.

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