analyzes 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, and Exit Strategy.
His radio commentaries air on NPR's
All Things Considered, and 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, and his interactive mini-series, Asylum, will be
airing on the BBC next spring.
He has served as an adjunct professor
of virtual culture at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications
Program for the past four 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 is a Senior Fellow of the Markle Foundation, and a 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
Rushkoff is on the board of several new media non-profits and companies, and
regularly consults on new media arts and ethics to museums, governments, and
universities, as well as Sony, TCI, advertising agencies, and other Fortune 500
Rushkoff graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, received an MFA in
Directing from California Institute of the Arts, a post-graduate fellowship
(MFA) from The American Film Institute, and a Director's Grant from the Academy
of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is a certified stage fight
choreographer, and plays blues piano and baby guitar.
He lives in New York City's East Village.