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R. U. Sirius (born Ken Goffman) is an American writer, musician, and cyberculture icon best known as co-founder and original Editor-In-Chief of Mondo 2000. Sirius was also chairman and candidate in the 2000 U.S. presidential election for The Revolution Party. The party's 20-point platform comprised a hybrid of libertarianism, environmentalism and social liberalism.

At one time, he was a regular columnist for Wired News, 21C, and EYE-COM and contributing writer for Wired, Artforum International and Esquire. Sirius has written several hundred articles and essays for mainstream and subculture publications, and was Editor-In-Chief of GettingIt.com from 1999-2000.

Sirius appeared in the popular film Synthetic Pleasures. His rock band, MV Inc. (The Artists Formerly Known As Mondo Vanilli), performs web events. Its "album" IOU Babe is available only on the World Wide Web.

Sirius shifted his media focus in 2005, becoming a show host for two ongoing weekly podcasts. In September 2006 he helped launch the webzine, 10 Zen Monkeys with fellow GettingIt.com alumns Jeff Diehl and Lou Cabron.

Sirius has been called "the Wired visionary of post-modernism and psychic pandemonium" in Artforum, "a head on the Mt. Rushmore of cyberculture" in the LA Times and "a yokel cousin of Beavis and Butt-head" in Swedish Daily.




  • Before Mondo 2000, was Reality Hackers, and High Frontiers.

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