: 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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A bit of a dense academic read, not so much a Tom Wolfe book about Silicon Valley, but worth the ride. Stewart Brand Meets the Cybernetic Counterculture 3.
It connects us with how the internet, although originally designed as a tool for the military to respond to a nuclear attack, it was interpreted by the counter culture movement as a potential tool to unite society.
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.
Will try again in the future. I’m only docking a star because Turner doesn’t spend utrner time discussing the events tunrer implications of the s Internet boom, nor does his forward-looking conclusion go far enough in examining fron successes and mostly failures of Brand’s movement.
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. 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 the digital culture birthed by the rise of home computing and Internet access for all. Refresh and try again.
That moment in the story when Newt Gingrich hoves into view, Jabba-like, and you realize the game was rigged from the start. Apr 30, Philip Palios rated it it was amazing.
Sep 15, Daniel rated it liked it Shelves: I actually almost finished it, almost made it pages through before giving up in disgust. Recommended turnre for mo A Little to academically dry for my tastes, but an interesting book nonetheless.
From Counterculture to Cyberculture
If you feel like pounding your head against a brick wall this book’s for you. I had never heard of Brand before, and perhaps if you already know about him then you don’t need to be told why he matters; I did, and I wasn’t.
In the early s, computers haunted the American popular imagination. Contained some great anecdotes but overall was very repetitive. It gets four cybercilture instead of five because the prose is dense, businesslike, and somewhat repetitive.
This book shed light on how the many threads of contemporary cyberculture interrelate. Tugner andvia such familiar venues as cybercklture 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. 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 turnwr incredible power of Brand’s own reputation-building and power-building techniques which have been more recently replicated by Tim O’Reilley.
Be the first to ask a question about From Counterculture cybercultuer Cyberculture. But by the s—and the dawn of the Internet—computers started to represent a very different kind of world: I was never really convinced of Stewart Brand’s central importance to the whole tale, and some chapters just seemed to devolve into lists of dates and people who worked with him on various tangentially-related projects.
I actually almost finished it, almost made it This book was a massive disappointment. The Cybernetic Brain Andrew Pickering. 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 of the course of science countercultur technology.
He retains carefu This is history at its best. From Counterculture to Ot is the first book to explore this extraordinary and ironic transformation. What I would say about this book is that it really aimed at an academic audience.
Unlike many other histories that focus on the technical innovators. Bleak tools of the cold war, they embodied the rigid organization and mechanical conformity that made the military-industrial complex possible. This makes the case easy to follow, but puts a lot of the credit on key leader figures instead of the communities that are built around them. Boy, was I wrong. Sep 23, Scott Holstad rated it it was ok Shelves: Stewart Brand and the Whole Earth network.
Shedding new light on how our networked culture came to be, this fascinating book reminds us that the distance between the Grateful Dead chberculture Google, cybreculture Ken Kesey and the computer itself, is not as great as we might think.
Mar 09, Warwick rated it it was ok Shelves: Tom Schneiter College and Research Libraries. 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.
I’m giving the book two stars instead of one because the topic is good, but the book is not. This book is written by a guy with counteruclture advanced degree in English, yet it is completely readable and shows how things like frfd context can lose the scare quotes and actually be important to the way our world develops.
May 11, Michael rated it liked it.
From Counterculture to Cyberculture
Overall, I appreciated what this book had to offer. Made me reconsider a lot of ideas I now realize I counyerculture uncritically swallowed from Wired. Recommended mostly for modern history buffs I’m not going to lie; I was swept along with Wired’s mid-’90s neon cyberspace revolution hype, without realizing it was always a future run by corporations. This is a book that belongs in both graduate and undergraduate classrooms, not just for its scholarly message but for the deep chill it leaves behind.
I gave it a 2 instead of a 1 only because of nostalgia.