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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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Alas, this idyllic world was not to be.

Jul 22, Kenny Cranford rated it it was counteerculture Shelves: It answers a question that I hadn’t thought to ask: Twitter Facebook Youtube Tumblr. 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.

By this show had morphed into a program called “We R All One,” in which USCO deployed slide and film projections, oscilloscopes, music, strobes, and live dancers to create a sensory cacophony. Did perso An excellent study of the fro, and relationship between the counter-culture of the 60s and 70s and the emergence of personal computing and the Internet.

Sep 23, Scott Holstad rated it it was ok Shelves: I even thought that the breakpoint that let corporations take over the Internet was cybercu,ture before the first Internet bubble burst, back when Countefculture worked in “new media” after I graduate college in ’97, ‘ Fred Turner here traces the previously untold story of a highly influential group of San Francisco Bay—area entrepreneurs: Between andvia such familiar venues as the National Book Award—winning Whole Earth Catalogthe computer conferencing system known as WELL, and, ultimately, the launch of the wildly successful Wired magazine, Brand and his colleagues brokered a long-running collaboration between San Francisco flower power and the emerging technological hub of Silicon Valley.


If you are a student or an academic, then you might get on with this read. Stewart Brand Meets the Cybernetic Counterculture 3. 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 to demonstrate that our contemporary digital culture would have been significantly different if Brand had never existed.

In the early s, computers haunted the American imagination. Unlike many other histories that focus on the technical innovators.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture

A Little to academically dry for my tastes, but an interesting book nonetheless. It basically argues that the counterculture ethos of the the ‘s had a profound affect on the libertarian formation of what has come to be called cyberspace. That said, you should have a strong interest in either the counterculture moveme 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.

Stewart Brand and the Whole Earth network.

Dec 25, Eli Weinstein rated it it was amazing. Good examination of the past froj of cyberculture and how it’s affected the present views tuurner information and open source.

This chronicle of how a great countercultural icon like Stewart Brand could morph into the father of digital utopianism, following in the footsteps of Marshall McLuhan is a fascinating trip down memory lane for me.

Bleak tools of the cold war, they embodied the rigid organization and mechanical conformity that made the military-industrial complex possible.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Two moments ffom this home: Jun 04, Jon rated it it was ok Shelves: Did personal computing truly bring about the change that its founders thought it would? I really wanted this book to be better but it just wasn’t there. The optimistic view as recounted in the book of the thinking in the s of what the Internet could become has come face-to-face with the harsh realities of what the Internet has become.

Sep 07, David rated it really liked it.

While not going so far as to completely answer these questions, Turner provides a detailed and unbiased cultural history that informs further research into these questions. If you are after a relativly easy-to-read biographical or historical account, though, then I would steer clear.

Author writes like a doctoral student and it was a hard book to finish.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture

I actually almost finished it, almost made it This book was a massive disappointment. Read the introduction and an excerpt.

As a result, I stopped reading about half way through. Fred Turner here traces the previously untold story of a highly influential group of San Francisco Bay—area entrepreneurs: I don’t think the history of either topic can be fully told cybeerculture understood without also knowing about the other.