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Douglas Rushkoff is the author of seven books on new media and popular culture, including Cyberia, Media Virus, Playing the Future, and the novel Ecstasy Club. His latest book, Coercion: Why We Listen to What "They" Say was just released in paperback by Putnam.

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, society, and change at conferences and universities around the world.

He is professor of media culture at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program an Advisor to the United Nations Commission on World Culture, on the Board of Directors of the Media Ecology Association, and a founding member of Technorealism. 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.

Rushkoff graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, and a post-graduate fellowship from The American Film Institute.

He lives in New York City's East Village.

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