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: 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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I don’t think the history of either topic can be fully told or vyberculture without also knowing about the other. From Counterculture to Cyberculture is the first book to explore this extraordinary and ironic transformation.

It gets four stars instead of five because the prose is dense, businesslike, and somewhat repetitive. Hardcover1st editionpages. Be the first to cbyerculture a question about From Counterculture to Cyberculture.

Stewart Brand and the Whole Earth network. But by the s—and the dawn of the Internet—computers represented a very different kind of world: Turner traces the beginnings of Brand’s Whole Earth Network and its successors, with Brand’s message of technological liberation finding allies as varied as Kevin Kelly and Newt Gingrich.

If you ever listen to people with advanced degrees in English, you’ll hear things like “narrative context”, “semiotics”, and “the rhetoric of making a difference. 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 cor This is a sad story in many ways: I always loved the Whole Earth Catalogs and didn’t know exactly why.

And it is not a pretty picture.

Good Reads tells me I’ve been ‘reading it’ for 3 months; just can’t psych myself to pick it up which is weird for a subject matter I’m so into. Refresh and try again. 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?


Overall, I feed what this book rrom to offer. Stewart Brand Meets the Cybernetic Counterculture 3. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture

If you feel like pounding your head against a brick wall this book’s for you. Turner also doesn’t shy away from pointing out the obvious: Computer Science Culture Studies History: But in both cases, they were wrong: I gave it a 2 instead of a 1 only because of nostalgia.

I found the prose to be a bit windy, but the overall message is sound and there is nothing else out there that really addresses these issues in a serious way.

It answers a question that I hadn’t thought to ask: Mar 17, Simon rated it it was ok. Feb 26, Sara Watson rated it really liked it.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture

Oct 03, Chuck added it Shelves: I had been wanting to read it for so long and had really been looking forward to it. 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. In the early s, computers haunted the American popular imagination. 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.

You may purchase this title at these fine bookstores. This is history at its best. Quotes from From Countercultu Fred Turner here traces the previously untold story of a highly influential group of San Francisco Bay—area entrepreneurs: Now I know why.

These one-time engines of government and big business had transmogrified into a social force associated with egalitarianism, personal empowerment, and the nurturing cocoon of community. Made me reconsider a lot of ideas I now realize I had uncritically swa 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.


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A Little to academically dry for my tastes, but an interesting book nonetheless. It answered many personal questions I had. In the early s, computers haunted the American popular imagination. This book is a tour de force of historical digging, sociological analysis, and full understanding.

He also has no patience for the modern fad in history of science for describing the ways in which science is “socially constructed” – this is a cultural, not epistemic reading cuberculture the course of science and technology. If you’ve ever been at all curious about the roots of modern Silicon Valley culture – its utopianism, its corporate organization, its ideals – this book will explain all that tp more, in remarkably engaging prose for an academic text.

I’m only docking a star because Turner doesn’t spend enough time discussing the events or implications of the s Internet boom, nor does his forward-looking conclusion go far enough in examining the successes and mostly failures of Brand’s movement.

Bleak tools of the cold war, they embodied the rigid organization and mechanical conformity that made the military-industrial complex possible. But unfortunately, it also gets so caught up in its own brilliance that one gets so frustrated they want to throw the book across the room.

Very dry which was surprising given the subject. Want to Read saving….