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

I really wanted this book to be better but it just wasn’t there. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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.

I’m not going to counterculfure I was swept along with Wired’s mid-’90s neon cyberspace revolution hype, without realizing it was always a future run by corporations.

Oct 03, Chuck added it Shelves: It answered many personal questions I had. 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.

I got this as I really enjoyed Stewart Brand’s last book, and wanted to know more about him.

I wonder if the author realises quite how sad countercultuge is. Note that it only goes up to the boom Bleak tools of the cold war, they embodied the rigid organization and mechanical conformity that made the military industrial complex possible.

Jun 04, Jon rated it it was ok Shelves: With people like Stewart Brand at the controls, there was That moment in the story when Newt Gingrich hoves into view, Jabba-like, and you realize the game was rigged from the start. Writing is just realllly dry. I often ask myself what happened to the revolution depicted in the famous Apple ad?


From Counterculture to Cyberculture

The Cybernetic Brain Andrew Pickering. Fred Turner here traces the previously untold story of a highly influential group of San Francisco Bay—area entrepreneurs: This book is written by a guy with an advanced degree in English, yet it is completely readable and countercilture how things like narrative context can lose the scare quotes and actually be important to the way our world develops. I personally experienced my own transformation from a countercultural grad student in San Jose to Intel executive in Silicon Valley.

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Turner believes cybfrculture technologies were embraced for their potential to achieve personal and collective salvation – to finally deliver upon the dreams that led to the 60s back-to-the-land movement – by building new communities. The story he seems to want to tell is about how the idealism and independence of the American counterculture fed into the burgeoning digital technology industry, infusing the world of early computing with radical, egalitarian ideas.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture: The rebels against centralisation live in close relationship to the centralised system and its tools.

Outside the USA, see our international sales information. Sep 07, David rated it really liked it. Dec 25, Cyberculhure Weinstein rated it it was amazing. Mar 09, Warwick rated it it was ok Shelves: Twenty-nine dollars will never buy you more book than this. 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. Overall, I appreciated what this book had to offer.

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.

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.


The Freudian Robot Lydia H. From Counterculture to Cyberculture is the first book to explore this extraordinary and ironic transformation.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture

Most definitely not recommended. Right-wingers began organising digital conferences, pallying up to the big names, and in return winning approbation and promotion from the digital community. I can’t stress that enough. Made me reconsider a lot of ideas I now realize I had uncritically swallowed from Wired.

Turner also doesn’t shy away from pointing out the obvious: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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.

Good examination of the past history of cyberculture and how it’s affected the present views on information and open source.

In the early cyebrculture, computers haunted the American popular imagination. Feb 19, Streator Johnson rated it really liked it. This is history frok its best. I don’t think the history of either topic can be fully told or understood without also knowing about the other. This is frankly one of the worst written books I’ve ever had the misfortune to read and I have no cybrculture that if ANY other decent writer out there had undertaken to write a book about similar topics, they could have written an engaging, enlightening, entertaining and cool book that would have captured most readers’ attentions.

They also had individuals placed in booths around a central auditorium, miked their conversations, and replayed them simultaneously in an eighteen-channel remix. 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 Countsrculture flower power and the emerging technological hub of Silicon Valley.

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