Exit Strategy: A Novel

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Soft Skull Press, 2002 - Fiction - 335 pages
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Set in the near-future (2008), Exit Strategy is a darkly comic send-up of the dot.com mania of the late 1990s and a modern-day retelling of the story of Joseph. Like Joseph, Jamie Cohen is betrayed by his compadres but unexpectedly finds himself at the right hand of power. He helps a huge venture capitalist build pyramids - except these are investment pyramids based on technology idols. An additional narrative conceit is this: 200 years later, anthropologists find the virtual manuscript of Exit Strategy and begin annotating the text. Hundreds of readers have already contributed footnotes for the book - they are charming, wacky, compelling and Rushkoff has selected one hundred of his favorites for inclusion.

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Short: Douglas Rushkoff is an author and media theorist whose books have been translated into fifteen languages. He is a commentator on NPR's "All Things Considered," a Professor of Virtual Culture at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program, and a technology columnist for the new York Times Syndicate. He is frequent contributor to The Guardian of London, Time Esquire, The Silicon Alley Reporter, and Paper. He lectures at universities around the world, serves on the United nations Commission on World Culture, and on the board of the MediaEcology Association. His novel Ecstasy Club was short-listed for the Pen Hemingway Award.

Long: Rushkoff (http://www.rushkoff.com ) is the author of Coercion, Playing the Future, The Ecstasy Club, Media Virus and Cyberia. is radio commentaries air on NPR's All Things Considered, and his monthly column on cyberculture is distributed through the New York Times Syndicate and appears in over thirty countries. Rushkoff lectures about media, art, society, and change at conferences and universities around the world. He hosts and writes documentaries for PBS, Channel Four, and the BBC.
Rushkoff's award-winning Frontline documentary "The Merchants of Cool" was one of the most watched and most talked about documentaries of 2001, and his interactive mini-series, Asylum, will be airing on the BBC this coming spring.
He has served as an adjunct professor of virtual culture at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program for the past four years, as an Advisor to the United Nations Commission on World Culture, on the Board of Directors of the Media Ecology Association, and as a founding member of Technorealism. He is a Senior Fellow of the Markle Foundation, and a Center for Global Communications Fellow of the International University of Japan.
He regularly appears on TV shows from NBC Nightly News and Frontline to Larry King and Politically Incorrect. Rushkoff writes for magazines and newspapers including Time, The Guardian, Esquire, Paper, GQ and The Silicon Alley Reporter, and developed the Electronic Oracle software series for HarperCollins Interactive.
Rushkoff is on the board of several new media non-profits and companies, and regularly consults on new media arts and ethics to museums, governments, businesses, and universities.
Rushkoff graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, received an MFA in Directing from California Institute of the Arts, a post-graduate fellowship (MFA) from The American Film Institute, and a Director's Grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is a certified stage fight choreographer, and plays blues piano and baby guitar.
He lives in New York City's East Village.

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