As promised, here’s the reading list for my upcoming NYU class, “Theoretical Perspectives on Interactivity.” The order will change as I figure out how I’m going to organize this material. And the “recommended” readings usually refer to books for which I’ll provide hand-outs of one or two chapters.

I may attempt to do an online version of this course, as well, if there’s interest. Then, perhaps, we can have the ‘real’ class interact with the virtual one.


Packer, Randall and Ken Jordan. Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality. New York: Norton, 2001. ISBN: 0393049795

Morrison, Grant. The Invisibles, Vol. 1: Say You Want a Revolution. DC Comics, 1996. ISBN: 1563892677

McLuhan, Marshall. The Essential McLuhan. Eric McLuhan and Frank Zingrone, eds. New York: Basic Books, 1995. ISBN: 0465019951

Ong, Walter. Orality and Literacy. New York: Routledge, 2002. ISBN: 0415281296

Ryan, Marie-Laure, Wendy Steiner and Gerald Prince Narrative as Virtual Reality: Immersion and Interactivity in Literature and Electronic Media. Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, November 2003. ISBN: 0801877539

Himanen, Pekka. The Hacker Ethic. 0375505660

Carse, James P. Finite and Infinite Games. Ballantine Books, July 1994. ISBN: 0345341848

Rushkoff, Douglas. Cyberia: Life in the Trenches of Cyberspace. Clinamen Press Ltd., April 2002. ISBN: 1903083249

RE/Search #4/5: W.S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Throbbing Gristle. ISBN: 0965046915

Landow, George. HyperText 2.0: The Convergence of Contemporary Critical Theory and Technology. ISBN: 0801855861

Rheingold, Howard. Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution. ISBN: 0738208612


Huizinga, Johan. Homo Ludens : A Study of the Play-Element in Culture. Boston: Beacon Press, 1971. ISBN: 0807046817

McLuhan, Marshall. Understanding Media – The Critical Edition.

ISBN 1584230738

Barthes, Roland. Mythologies. New York: Noonday Press, 1973. ISBN: 0374521506

Foucault, Michel. The Foucault Reader. Paul Ranibow, ed. Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1984. ISBN: 0394713400

Horkheimer, Max, Theodore Adorno and Gunzelin Schmid Noerr. Dialectic of Enlightenment. Stanford Univ. Press, 2002. ISBN: 0804736332

de la Saussure, Ferdinand. Course in General Linguistics. Chicago: Open Court Publishing Co., 1988. ISBN: 0812690230

Spinoza, Benedict De. A Spinoza Reader. E. M. Curley, ed. Princeton Univ. Press, February, 1994. ISBN: 0691000670

Anarchy For The Masses (the Invisibles)

ISBN: 7895034

Book of Lies, Disinformation. ISBN: 7998725

In the Beginning was the Command Line

Neal Stephenson. ISBN: 0380815931

Leary, Timothy. Chaos and Cyberculture.

ISBN: 0914171771 (used only)

Laurel, Brenda. Computers as Theatre. ISBN: 0201550601

Strate, Jacobson, and Gibson, editors. Communication and Cyberspace, second edition. ISBN: 1572733934.

Futureritual, Publication Date: September 1995

ISBN: 1573531073

Painful but Fabulous: The Life and Art of Genesis P-Orridge

Publication Date: May 2002m ISBN: 1887128883

Electronic Revolution

Publication Date: December 1998

ISBN: 388030002X

Back in No Time : The Brion Gysin Reader

Format: Trade Paperback

Publication Date: January 2002

ISBN: 0819565296

Raymond, Eric S. The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary. ISBN: 0596001088

Rushkoff, Douglas, Open Source Democracy. Demos: UK Open Source Publisher.

Rushkoff, Douglas. Media Virus: Hidden Agendas in Popular Culture. ISBN: 0345397746

Rushkoff, Douglas. Coercion: Why We Listen to What “They” Say. ISBN: 157322829X