About the Editor

If writing this in the first person is unprofessional, I apologize. I feel silly writing about myself in the third person.

I marshal the middle between Mathers and McLuhan.

My main interests are figurative language use (hence the Hip-hop) and the evolution of technology (hence the media theory). My main goal in writing is entertainment and in science is novelty. I’m more of the former than the latter and more of a fan than a critic. This site is where all of these things play out. It’s where I think aloud about all of the above.

I’m an aging BMX/skateboard zine kid. That’s where I learned to turn events and interviews into pages with staples. The pages and staples have long since given way to text-links and scrollbars, but the rest is basically the same. I still ride bikes, and I still skateboard. I do still commit quite a bit to actual pages, too.

My main project from 1997 to 2007 was frontwheeldrive.com. With this site, I established myself as what Disinformation called, “One of the Internet’s leading interviewers of subculture and new-science icons.” I was most recently assistant editor of Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky’s edited collection Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Culture and Music (MIT Press, 2008). I hold a master’s degree in Communication Theory from San Diego State University and am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to graduate work, I earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Science, and spent over twenty years working as a writer, editor, and designer both on- and off-line. I have written about technology, science, music, and culture for everything from glossy national magazines and regional weeklies to hometown newspapers and homegrown ‘zines, and I have consulted for such diverse organizations as Microsoft, Nike, WIRED, MSN Music, ESPN, the United States Army, Xbox, and Zero Skateboards. I have also guest lectured at such universities as The University of Washington, San Diego State University, The University of Illinois-Chicago, and The University of Texas at Austin, as well as spoken at events like SXSW Interactive and GeekendFollow for Now: Interviews with Friends and Heroes (Well-Red Bear, 2007), presumably the reason you’re reading this, is my first book. Disinformation named it one of the most important books published in 2007, and Erik Davis called it “a crisp and substantial remix of the major memes of the last decade or so.” My latest book is Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Defines the Future (Repeater, 2019), an exploration of the connections between cyberpunk and hip-hop and what that means for the culture of the now.

I hold a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. I’m also currently working on a book about how technological mediation has changed and continues to change our relationships with each other, our information, time, space, and ourselves. It’s called The Medium Picture.

Other interests include disparate sub-genres of unpopular music (mostly Hip-hop), philosophy, media and literary theory, and various other social sciences. I can be found attempting to stay on my skateboard at the local skatepark or parking lot at least two evenings a week. I’m also infinitely intrigued by dinosaurs, dumptrucks, bunny rabbits, and the moon.

Here’s the interview with me that serves as the Introduction to Follow for Now.

Publicity contact:

Jessie Duquette: jessie(at)followfornow(dot)com

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