: From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism (): Fred Turner . Journal of e-Media Studies Volume I, Issue 1, Spring Dartmouth College Fred Turner, From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth. From Counterculture to Cyberculture Fred Turner here traces the previously untold story of a highly influential group of San Francisco Bay–area.
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Mike Holderness New Scientist. The free Internet still exists, but in a cyerculture of ways it lives off to the side of the Internet at large, like a dirty, cluttered garage attached to the much nicer house that naked commercialism built.
About Contact News Giving to the Press. Instead, this garbage kills any interest I’ve ever had in the subject and I’m almost embarrassed now to have been on such a cool and influential BBS as The WELL after Turner has turned his destructive powers of total boredom on it. Want to Read saving…. Overall, Cybeculture appreciated what this book had to offer. Author writes like a doctoral student and it was a hard book to finish. Made me reconsider a lot of ideas I now realize I had uncritically swallowed from Wired.
The Cybernetic Brain Andrew Pickering.
This is a book that belongs in both graduate and undergraduate classrooms, not just for its scholarly message but for the deep chill it leaves behind. Read the introduction and an excerpt. I was never really convinced of Stewart Brand’s central importance to the whole tale, and some chapters just seemed to devolve into lists of dates and people who worked with him on various tangentially-related projects.
It was popular with hippies and commune-dwellers — and, because it depended on user contributions for its reviews and editorials, it also became enormously influential among those who would go on to build the new technological world. It’s one of those books that really helps clarify where we are and how we got here. I really wanted this book to be better but it just wasn’t there.
Between andvia such familiar venues as the National Book Award—winning Whole Earth Catalog, the computer conferencing system known as WELL, and ultimately, the launch of the wildly successful Wired magazine, Brand and his colleagues brokered a long-running encounter between San Francisco flower power and the emerging technological hub of Silicon Valley.
From Counterculture to Cyberculture
Apr 30, Philip Palios rated it it was amazing. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Bleak tools of the cold war, they embodied the rigid organization and mechanical conformity that made the military-industrial complex possible. No trivia or quizzes yet. Shedding new light on how our networked culture came to be, this fascinating book reminds us that the distance between the Grateful Dead and Google, between Ken Kesey and the computer itself, is not as great as we might think.
Naively, they believed the digital frontier would allow people to leave issues of gender, race, counterculturf class behind. If you are counterculfure student or an academic, then you might get on with this read. An excellent study of the history and relationship between the counter-culture of the 60s and 70s and the emergence of personal computing and the Internet. Shedding new light on how our networked culture came to be, this fascinating book reminds us that the distance between the Grateful Dead and Google, between Ken Kesey and the computer itself, is not as great as we might think.
Ultimately, the failure of Brand’s movement was in its lack of a political agenda. Digital utopianism continues to morph with the rise of the Internet of Things. Be the first to ask a question about From Counterculture to Cyberculture. Turner provides a convincing narrative for some of the strangest transformations in modern American culture: Most definitely not recommended.
Fred Turner here traces the previously untold story of a highly truner group of San Francisco Bay—area entrepreneurs: How did the culture of computing become so closely allied with a self-contradictory mix of anti-authoritarian politics and communitarian ethos, after being identified with the military and large corporations in the s and s?
Science in the Archives Lorraine Daston. But what actually comes across more strongly than anything is the notion that, even before it got started, Silicon Valley had been thoroughly coopted by right-wing politics and corporate interests.
From Counterculture to Cyberculture
This book shed light on how the many threads of contemporary cyberculture interrelate. Brand succeeded in networking a host of elites, who have largely influenced the way we talk about the Internet countercuture, for the most part, haven’t had much impact on how we use it, nor how it’s developed over the past decade. Computer Science Culture Studies History: A well-researched profile of Stewart Brand and his cohort, illustrating not only the nuances of the historical connection between communalist strains of the 60s counterculture and internet optimism post-cyberdelia in a more careful and accurate way than What the Dormouse Said but the incredible power of Brand’s own reputation-building and power-building techniques which have been more recently replicated by Tim O’Reilley.
Giles Slade Los Angeles Times.
God, this book sucks. Stewart Brand clearly forged important links between the counterculturalism of the s and the libertarian, cyber networks of our time, but Turner fails to make a case for his lasting importance or cohnterculture demonstrate that our contemporary digital culture would have been significantly different if Brand had never existed. Mar 17, Simon rated it it was ok.
Dec 25, Eli Weinstein rated it it was amazing. Thanks to their vision, counterculturalists and technologists alike joined together to reimagine computers as tools for personal liberation, the building of virtual and decidedly alternative communities, and the exploration of bold new social frontiers.
I personally experienced my own transformation from a countercultural grad student in San Jose to Intel executive in Silicon Valley. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.