Mark Dery is a New York-based independent scholar, writer, and lecturer. He's the author of Escape Velocity: Cyberculture at the End of the Century (Grove/Atlantic) and The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink (Grove/Atlantic). Dery is widely associated with the concept of "culture jamming," the guerrilla media criticism movement he popularized through his 1993 essay "Culture Jamming: Hacking, Slashing, and Sniping in the Empire of the Signs," and "Afrofuturism," a term he coined and theorized in his 1994 essay "Black to the Future" (included in the cybertheory anthology Flame Wars, which he edited). He has been a professor in the Department of Journalism at New York University, a Chancellor's Distinguished Fellow at UC Irvine, and a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome. More at his homepage.