Douglas Rushkoff: Guest Blogger

Boing Boing’s Mark Frauenfelder reports that Cyberspace explorer and writer of Ecstasy Club, Club Zero-G and the Vertigo comic series, Testament, Douglas Rushkoff will be guest blogging on their site this week.

I’ve been a big fan of Rushkoff since the mid 90’s. I still remember being high on Jolt, just coming out of the mall theatre after watching the cut version of William Gibson’s Johnny Mnemonic and I head into the bookstore next door and not only buy Gibson’s Idoru but also Mark Dery’s Escape Velocity, and Rushkoff’s Media Virus, thinking that because they were haphazardly set in the sci-fi section, they too, must be cyberpunk novels. All three books blew me away, but the one that resounded the most was Rushkoff’s. His theory about “becoming the media” was wild at the time, but it got me totally into wanting to know how the media and later, the Internet worked on a social level. It wasn’t until his FRONTLINE documentary, The Merchants of Cool, that I started to be a stone cold follower of his essays and novels.

If you ever want to know about anything about cyberculture, culture jamming, meta-media, The philosophy of the Internet, this is the man to talk to. Hell, this very blog is possible thanks to his and others theories.

Source: Boing Boing

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