Author and cultural critic Douglas Rushkoff is teaching an online course called "Technologies of Persuasion." A few years ago he wrote an excellent book on the subject called Coercion: Why We Listen to What "They" Say.
I'm teaching a course through a distanced learning site called Maybe Logic Academy – where Robert Anton Wilson used to teach everything from James Joyce to economics theory.
My course, Technologies of Persuasion, is beginning in just two weeks. I haven't promoted it anywhere – I just haven't had time or energy these days to do more than what's right on my plate – so this should be a small and intimate group. And it's a hell of a lot cheaper than paying for NYU.
Plus, we'll get to be a little crazier than people are generally allowed to get in a college seminar room, with some no-holds-barred discussions on how media and technology shape the way we think, and why we seem to remain so pitifully unaware of the biases of the media we use.
Previously on Boing Boing:
• Boing Boing interviews Doug Rushkoff about his Testament comic book
• Rushkoff's new book Get Back In The Box
• Douglas Rushkoff fiction in Nerve
• Rushkoff on Guruphiliac
• Interview with Douglas Rushkoff (MP3)
• Rushkoff's Testament issue #1, now free
• Barbara Rushkoff's new parenting blog
• Rushkoff's Thought Virus #4
• Douglas Rushkoff's Thought Virus #3
• Rushkoff on the futility of artificial workplace fun
• Doug Rushkoff's final Thought Virus from his new book
• Rushkoff's Thought Virus #5: The Ben & Jerry's Syndrome