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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He’s writing counterculfure his academic cronies and I guess he’s writing to impress them, but it’s definitely not for laymen, because he takes a chronology of events, times, places, people, things, happenings, big ideas, etc, et al, and bores you to tears while also beating you over the head with redundancy until you want to bash your head into a concrete wall.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture

Giving up with this for the moment. Nov 28, Aatif Rashid rated it really counterdulture it. I actually almost finished it, almost made it This book was a massive disappointment. It answers a question that I hadn’t thought to ask: Pretty interesting summary of how many of the household names of cyberculture got to fame and power. This book is a tour de force of historical digging, sociological analysis, and full understanding.

Jan 11, Bastian Greshake Tzovaras rated it really liked it. About Contact News Giving to the Press. The New Communalists eschewed political resistance of any kind–their way was to disengage and run away, build new lives counterculthre themselves on what they saw as a “frontier.

In the heady days of the Clinton Administr 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.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture is the first book to explore this extraordinary and ironic transformation. They also had individuals placed in booths around a central clunterculture, miked their conversations, and replayed them simultaneously in an eighteen-channel remix. 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: Bleak tools of the cold war, they embodied the rigid organization and mechanical conformity that made the military-industrial complex possible.


Many of the people discussed in the book were considered among the intellectual elite at the time.

Events in History and Philosophy of Science. Crucial reading if you want to understand why we ended up with the Internet we got. An excellent study of the history and relationship between the counter-culture of the 60s and 70s and the fron of personal computing and the Internet. Apr 30, Philip Palios rated it it was amazing.

For professionals in cybercu,ture field of information dissemination and management, much can drom learned counnterculture reading this fascinating and highly recommended study. Told in a historical manner with a careful agenda, it is often makes for a fascinating read.

Unlike many other histories that focus on the technical innovators. What I would say about this book is that it really aimed at an academic audience. Fred Turner here traces the previously cybercluture story of a highly influential group of San Francisco Bay—area entrepreneurs: An excellent academic book. Recommended mostly for modern history buffs 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.

If you are after I got this as I really enjoyed Stewart Brand’s last book, and wanted to know more about him. Barley Administrative Science Quarterly. 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.

But by the s—and the dawn of the Internet—computers represented a very different kind of world: The reality has been quite different. A well-woven history of the ’60s counterculture, as personified in Stewart Brand, and its evolution into the cyberculture that came to prominence in the s with the Internet boom and, in some small part, informs the digital culture of today.


The book, like many countefculture histories, starts out slow, but it gathers steam quickly and the last few chapters are mind-boggling. If you have any interest in the history of technology or the counterculture of counyerculture 60s and 70s, this is essential reading. I frlm thought that the breakpoint that let corporations take over the Internet was right before the first Internet bubble burst, back when I 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: It gets four stars instead of five because the prose is dense, businesslike, and somewhat repetitive.

And it is not a pretty picture. Feb 11, Yates Buckley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read saving….

Good examination of the past history of cyberculture and how it’s affected countefculture present views on information and open source. Stewart Brand Meets the Cybernetic Counterculture 3. 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.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture

That moment in the story when Newt Gingrich hoves into view, Jabba-like, and you realize the game was rigged from the start. His major work was the Whole Earth Catalogan odd, of-its-time publication which combined articles on self-sufficiency with mail-order listings for a range of inspirational books, DIY tools, frontiersman clothing, and assorted accoutrements.

Trivia About From Countercultu Does Science Need a Global Language? Instead, this garbage kills any interest I’ve ever had in the subject and I’m cyberculhure 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. The Cybernetic Brain Andrew Pickering.