Media Theorist Douglas Rushkoff to Discuss How Social Media Has Become Social Programming

Feb. 9, 2017

On Monday Feb. 13, in Greenspun Hall Auditorium, Douglas Rushkoff, professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens, where he recently founded the Laboratory for Digital Humanism, will give a talk titled "Facebook is Not Your Friend: How Social Media Became Social Programming." Rushkoff will discuss, among other topics, questions of tech and digital literacy, the political economy of media, and how to exercise autonomy in a digital age.

He is the author of fifteen books, including the best-selling Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now,and, most recently, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity. He's a documentarian who has made three Frontline documentaries (Generation Like, Merchants of Cool, The Persuaders) and an expert in new media (he coined the term "media virus"). He has been named one of the ten most influential intellectuals by MIT.

This event is from 4 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. There will be an open Q & A session after the talk.