From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism. Available at In the early s, . From Counterculture to Cyberculture has ratings and 44 reviews. Warwick said: This is a sad story in many ways: I wonder if the author realises quite. Journal of e-Media Studies Volume I, Issue 1, Spring Dartmouth College Fred Turner, From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth.
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What I would say about this book is that it really aimed at an academic audience. Quotes from From Countercultu I’m not going to lie; I was swept along countercukture Wired’s mid-’90s neon cyberspace revolution hype, without realizing it was always a future run by corporations.
This is history at its best. In the early cojnterculture, computers haunted the American popular imagination. This book is written by a guy with an advanced degree in English, yet it is completely readable and shows how things like narrative context can lose the scare quotes and actually be important to the way our world develops.
Apr 06, Nicholas Su rated it it was amazing.
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. I suppose you could say that. 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. Barley Administrative Science Quarterly.
Governments worldwide as well as major industries like the music and movie industries have found ways to harness the Internet for their own purposes. Stewart Brand and the Whole Earth network. That said, you should have a strong interest in either the counterculture movement of the sixties or the development of nineties cyberculture especially the Well and Wired magazine if you plan on picking up this book.
From Counterculture to Cyberculture
It answered many personal questions I had. 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.
I had been wanting to read it for so long and had really been looking forward to it. The focus is on Stewart Brand and his circle, but it branches out a bit to consider the ideas of Norbert Wiener and other theorists. Bleak tools of the cold war, they embodied the rigid organization and mechanical conformity that made the military-industrial complex possible. May 11, Michael rated it liked it. But by the s—and the dawn of the Internet—computers started to represent a very different kind of world: If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you.
Right-wingers began organising digital conferences, pallying up to the big names, and in return winning approbation and promotion from the digital community.
How was the citizens’ Internet ever anything but doomed. Naively, they believed the digital frontier would allow people to leave issues of gender, race, and class behind.
I actually almost finished it, almost made it This book was a massive disappointment. From Counterculture to Cyberculture is the first book to explore this extraordinary countterculture ironic transformation.
From Counterculture to Cyberculture is the first book to explore this extraordinary and ironic transformation. By no means a hagiography of Brand or anyone else, Turner is quick to point out the shortcomings and failings of the movement, both in its manifestation of hippie back-to-the-land fantasies, and its co-evolution with grom digital culture birthed by the rise of home computing and Internet access for all.
It answers a question that I hadn’t thought to ask: Lists with This Book. 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. I initially picked this book since it discusses many events that were part of my life as well — from the Summer of Love in SF to working for the government on classified computer projects. Giving up with this for the moment.
Paul Duguid Times Literary Supplement. From Counterculture to Cyberculture is the first book to explore this extraordinary and ironic transformation. 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. Digital utopianism continues to morph with the rise of th As a life-long student of communication, I somehow missed this one by Fred Turner at Stanford.
No doubt, these leaders had and continue to have operative roles in shaping the discourse and the networks they built up, but as a structuring and narrative lens, it now feels incomplete or lopsided to focus primarily on the many published manifestoes of those voices.
Feb 26, Sara Watson rated it really liked it. Mike Holderness New Scientist.
Apr 30, Philip Palios rated it it was amazing. The New Communalists eschewed political resistance of any kind–their way was to disengage and run away, build new lives for themselves on what they saw as a “frontier.
Overall, a worthy read, even if scant on details with particular events I’d have liked to hear more about. Bleak tools of the cold war, they embodied the rigid cyyberculture and mechanical conformity that made the military-industrial complex possible.
From Counterculture to Cyberculture
Unlike many other histories that focus on the technical innovators. 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. A bit dull, but well worth reading.
Digital utopianism continues to morph with the rise of the Internet of Things. Stewart Brand Meets the Cybernetic Counterculture 3. Taking the Whole Earth Digital 5. Sep 23, Scott Holstad rated it it was ok Shelves: In the early s, computers haunted the American popular imagination. I got this as I really enjoyed Stewart Brand’s last book, and wanted to know more about him.
History and Philosophy of Science. Want to Read saving…. If you are after a relativly easy-to-read biographical or historical account, though, then I would steer clear.