Author, "Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now"
Douglas Rushkoff is a world-renowned media theorist whose twelve books, including Present Shock, Life Inc, and Program or Be Programmed, have been translated to over thirty languages. As a young colleague of Timothy Leary and Robert Anton Wilson, Dr. Rushkoff was among the first to recognize and write about the emergence of peer-to-peer, decentralized networking and culture, and then the first to apply the insights of the digital and open source communities to fields such as religion, democracy, and economics. Rushkoff has spoken in venues from the United Nations to the McTaggart Lecture in Edinburgh, on television from the Colbert Report to Larry King, and made three documentaries for PBS Frontline, including Merchants of Cool and The Persuaders. Rushkoff won the Media Ecology Association's prestigious McLuhan Award for media writing, as well as the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity. He is also digital literacy advocate for the online learning platform, Codecademy.com.