: 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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And above all he is conscious of the cybercultur in which cultures can be actively shaped and molded, can come to define themselves and others, by people like Stewart Brand. Very dry which was surprising given the subject. Stewart Brand and the Whole Earth network. 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.

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

These one-time engines of government and big business had transmogrified into a social force associated with egalitarianism, personal empowerment, and the nurturing cocoon of community. Apr 17, David Mayes rated it really liked it.

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.

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Turner points this out directly. Does Science Need a Global Language?

And most of the critique regarding journalistic ethics and libertarianism is also spot on. Sep 15, Daniel rated it liked it Shelves: He’s writing to 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, counterculthre, 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.


In the early s, computers haunted the American popular imagination. Will try again in the future.

According to Stern, the show was designed to lead viewers from “overload to spiritual meditation. One of the many strengths.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture

But unfortunately, it also gets so caught up in its own brilliance that one gets so frustrated they want to throw the book across the room. It was an optimistic, quintessentially American as I see it idealism which was enshrined in the first online communities like The WELLin companies like Apple, and which was communicated to the world by Wired magazine — for all of whom the Internet, and digital communication generally, stood as the prototype of a newly decentralized, nonhierarchical society linked by invisible bits in a single harmonious network.

Pretty interesting summary of how many of the household names of cyberculture got to fame and power. Note that it only goes up to the boom 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.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture is the first book to explore this extraordinary and ironic transformation. He explains that they shunned much of the military-industrial complex, while embracing the information and systems theory, along with the multidisciplinary and collaborative approach.


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.

Overall, a worthy read, even if scant on details with particular events I’d have liked to hear more about. This book was a massive disappointment.

But by the s—and the dawn of the Internet—computers cyberuclture a very different kind of world: Turner also doesn’t shy away from pointing out the obvious: Apr 06, Nicholas Su counnterculture it it was amazing.

But in both cases, they were wrong: You may purchase this title at these fine bookstores. Hardcover1st editionpages. I even 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, ‘ Outside the USA, see our international sales information.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture

Feb 11, Yates Buckley rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’m only docking a star because Turner doesn’t spend enough time discussing the events or implications of the s Internet boom, nor does his forward-looking conclusion go far enough in examining the successes and mostly failures of Brand’s movement.

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.

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.