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Michael Russo is an incoming Ph.D. student at Clemson University, working toward a professional degree in rhetoric, communications, and information design. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, and holds degrees in both English and philosophy. His academic interests include the rhetorics of deception and exposure, the politics of surfaces, communication theory as critical lying, cryptology and cryptomarkets, dark and lonely web technologies, nonlinear narratology, platform studies, and “fake” news.

Michael has taught courses in internet privacy, dissenting nonfiction, object-oriented research, literature and videogames, and nonlinear composition. He organizes and runs workshops on classroom and coding technologies such as Twine, WordPress, and Drupal. He helped to build, and is a founding member of the Digital Studies Center at Rutgers University-Camden. He’s also an assistant editor and designer for Enculturation (an open-source, peer-reviewed journal of rhetoric, writing, and culture).

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Clemson University

Ph.D. | RCID

Clemson_PawRhetorics, Communication, and Information Design is an academic-professional degree, preparing students to conduct research and to disseminate their findings through teaching in the university and through publishing in professional and popular journals. RCID prepares students, through research, to be consultants for and to work within industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. RCID prepares students to be professionals in traditional and emerging economies.

Rutgers University

M.A. | English | Digital Studies

Rutgers-CircleThe mission of the Department of English at Rutgers University-Camden is to foster the study and appreciation of the English language and its literatures, through the research and creative work of its individual members as well as through instruction in linguistics, literary criticism and theory, rhetoric, film, creative and expository writing, and the interpretation of Anglo-American and Anglophone literatures in their cultural contexts. Its general goals are to make students effective and knowledgeable communicators of ideas; to prepare students for professional lives that are informed and guided by humane perceptions; to instill in future citizens a critical engagement with culture (social, political, and aesthetic); and to cultivate a life of the mind that is enriched by an appreciation of aesthetic expression.

The Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center is an interdisciplinary, collaborative research, development, and education center. The DSC helps kick-start, facilitate, support, and promote projects that are made possible by the convergence of digital technologies with the humanities as well as the arts, natural, and social sciences. The nature of digital studies and the DSC is one of collaboration, so it is our goal to bring faculty and students together across disciplines to work side-by-side. DSC Projects result in theoretical, critical, and practical forms. Furthermore, we offer programming in the form of workshops and project presentations. The DSC also offers a Certificate in Digital Humanities to undergraduates of Rutgers-Camden.

Pacific University

B.A. | English | Philosophy

The English literature programpac_u_log teaches students to read with imagination and insight, to write with clarity and grace, and to confront and consider the deeper questions of the human experience. The program focuses on the pleasure, the power, the depth, and the strange beauty of literary expression; it builds the skills to write clearly and critically in order to analyze a text and to formulate a response to a piece of writing.

Philosophy students will have the opportunity to understand human reflective traditions and strengthen their sense of awareness. Students will learn about the timeless philosophical problems and the array of philosophy theories. By the end of their studies, students will understand the history of philosophy, be able to describe and critique the most important historical and contemporary frameworks of the topic and be able to apply analytical skills to the discipline.



Note: I change my public btc address after every transaction,
so there’s probably no coin in here at the moment.

I study bitcoin, darknet and disruptive technologies, and other political software. My master’s thesis — Satoshi’s Broken Promise —  is an examination of the oft-made claim that bitcoin will *change the world* by ushering in an era of secure, autonomous banking in agreement with cyber-libertarian ideology. Drawing on the work of Nathaniel Popper, Alexander Galloway, Robert Kutiŝ, Steve Holmes, James J. Brown Jr., and others, bitcoin is analyzed as yet another digital artifact promising revolution while at the same time instituting its own brand of control. In the case of bitcoin, such control is not merely ideological, but procedural. Because the procedural rhetorics that govern persuasive technologies are not always in agreement with the discursive rhetorics surrounding these same technologies, users who choose bitcoin as a means to enact the cyber-libertarian argument are persuaded by the software to contradictory ends.

Pretty Good Privacy

Encrypted messages can be sent to any of the email addresses attached to my PGP Key ID. My active PGP key is not yet on a server (I’m not sure I want the spam). You can use the form on the contact page to message me anonymously — to ask for a copy. No name or email required.



My teaching wiki — powered by MediaWiki — is an ever-growing collection of courses, syllabuses, lesson plans, and materials used in classes I have taught or assisted in teaching. Outside editing is restricted.


The sandbox is a testing environment that isolates untested code changes and outright experimentation. It changes a lot. It is often broken.


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My primary username – a derivative of my real name: Michael Thomas Russo. Attached to my Twitter page; my Facebook page; and whatever other services require my IRL identity. I also own emptyrusso.com (where I put other types of things).


I created this online persona to mitigate the amount of spam email I receive when signing up for web services. I also use a unique email address when I don’t want to give my IRL info.


I have even more usernames. One is a half-secret. I use them on bulletin boards, reddit, streaming media sites, etcetera. I might share if you ask me in person.