Exit strategy: a novel

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Soft Skull Press, Jun 25, 2002 - Fiction - 335 pages
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Douglas Rushkoff’s latest salvo on complacent media culture, set in 2008, features Jamie Cohen, a young hacker who, like the biblical Joseph, suffers betrayal and then penance (via the talk-show circuit) before joining forces with a venture capitalist determined to turn everyone into mindless consumers. Meanwhile, Jamie’s former pals have developed a way to kill the Web’s — and the stock market’s — profit-making capacities. A dazzling satire of 1990s dot-com mania, this McLuhanesque cultural critique establishes a new publishing precedent: it is the first “open-source” ebook, annotated by online readers. This first print edition includes the best of their footnotes chosen by the author.

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User Review  - Shaun - Goodreads

Really torn over this book. It's a cool concept--an "open source" novel, but I'm not sure it worked in practice. The annotations both from Rushkoff's character, and readers, really added nothing of value. The Phildickian ending saved it though. Read full review

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User Review  - Barry - Goodreads

Wish I'd read this in 2001 though it still has great currency. Not as literature - as such it's little more than a pastiche of Brett Easton Ellis and David Foster Wallace - but it's more technologically informed than either of them and makes interesting social commentary. Read full review

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Douglas Rushkoff is a professor of virtual culture at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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