Douglas Rushkoff

Dr. Douglas Rushkoff is an award-winning media theorist, writer, columnist, lecturer, graphic novelist, documentarian, and an author of 12 books. He is best known for his association with the early cyberpunk culture, his advocacy of open source solutions to social problems, and his ideas for how to help people (especially children) effectively analyze and question the media they consume, as well as cultivate their intention and agency. Rushkoff graduated from Princeton University, and then completed a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the California Institute of the Arts. Later he took up a post-graduate fellowship from the American Film Institute. He received a PhD from Utrecht University's New Media Program in June 2012. His most recent book, Present Shock (2013) examines how narrative collapse, digiphrenia, overwinding, fractalnoia, and apocalypto affect self-expression, self-agency, and human-to-human interaction by favoring speedy, superficial, fragmented knowledge. In his book Program or Be Programmed (2011), Rushkoff advocates for kids and youth to learn to develop agency with technology through computer programming, and in this he is aligned with the Workshop manifesto that "coding and computational creativity is the new literacy."