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Douglas Rushkoff

Douglas RushkoffBorn: 18-Feb-1961

Gender: Male
Religion: Atheist [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author, Journalist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Cyberculture analyst

[1] Rushkoff considers himself ethnically Jewish but is himself an atheist. "But I think that a certain part of Judaism is over. It's only our attachment to the pain and suffering of our ancestors that keeps this part alive. We endured so much pain, and we have experienced such terrible persecution, that we feel responsibility for the Jewish word, the Jewish name, and our connection to our tribe." (undated interview, Jewish Public Forum). He explicitly denies the God, however: "God doesn't exist, never did, and the closest thing we'll ever see to God will emerge from our own collective efforts at making meaning." (Rushkoff weblog, 30 April 2006).

Wife: Barbara Rushkoff

    University: BA, Princeton University
    University: MFA, California Institute of the Arts
    Professor: Professor of Virtual Culture, New York University
    National Public Radio All Things Considered
    Jewish Ancestry

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Author of books:
Free Rides: How to Get High Without Drugs (1991, self-help)
Media Virus! Hidden Agendas in Popular Culture (1994, media studies)
Cyberia: Life in the Trenches of Cyberspace (1994, social studies)
Playing the Future: How Kids' Culture Can Teach Us to Thrive in an Age of Chaos (1996, social studies)
Ecstasy Club (1997, novel)
Coercion: Why We Listen to What "They" Say (1999, media studies)
Exit Strategy (2002, novel)
Nothing Sacred: The Truth about Judaism (2003, religion)
Club Zero-G (2004, novel)
Get Back in the Box: Innovation from the Inside Out (2005, nonfiction)
Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back (2009, social studies)
Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age (2011, social studies)
Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now (2013, social studies)

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