Douglas M. Davis, Jr. was born in Washington, D.C., USA in 1938. From 1948 to 1950 he studied at the Abbott Art School, Washington. In 1965, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from American University, Washington. In 1985 he graduated with a Master of Arts degree from Rutgers State University of New Brunswick, New Jersey. From 1976 to 1980, he was artistic director of the International Network of the Arts in New York. He received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding, among others. Douglas Davis explored the possibilities and implications of the new technological media of his time and in 1994 created one of the first works of art on the World Wide Web, The World's First Collaborative Sentence. He taught at more than 25 universities and art colleges. Davies was also an author, publishing critical essays in 1977 in "Art and the Future. ArtCulture: Essays on the Post-Modern." In 1993, he edited "Five Myths of TV Power (or, Why the Medium is Not the Message)," in which he examined the role of the viewer and his place in media theory. Douglas Davis lived and worked in New York, where he died in 2014.