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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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.

This chronicle of how a great countercultural icon like Stewart Brand could morph into the father of digital utopianism, following in the footsteps of Marshall McLuhan is a fascinating trip down memory lane for me. The Cybernetic Brain Andrew Pickering.

In the heady days of the Clinton Administration there was a euphoria about this new thing called the Internet. If you ever listen to people with advanced degrees in English, you’ll hear things like “narrative context”, “semiotics”, and “the rhetoric cybsrculture making a difference.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture

Tom Schneiter College and Research Libraries. It answers a question that I hadn’t thought to ask: He explains that they shunned much countercjlture the military-industrial complex, while embracing the information and systems theory, along with the multidisciplinary and collaborative approach. Hardcover1st coounterculturepages. 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.


Author writes like a doctoral student and it counterulture a hard book to finish. If you’ve ever been at all curious about the roots of modern Silicon Valley culture – its utopianism, its corporate organization, its ideals – this book will explain all that and more, in remarkably engaging prose for an academic text.

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counterculturw Naively, they believed the digital frontier would allow people to leave issues of gender, race, and class behind. This well-written, well-researched book was disappointing to me.

Turner points this out directly.

A Little to academically dry for my tastes, but an interesting book counterculturs. The dice were loaded from the start, and the hackers and one of their friends were arrested months later. 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.

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. At the end of the performance, the lights countercultue go down, and for ten minutes the audience would hear multiple “Om’s” from the speakers. 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.


Now I know why. Stewart Brand and the Whole Earth network. Right-wingers began organising digital conferences, pallying up to the big names, and in return winning approbation and promotion from the digital community. I often ask myself what happened to the revolution depicted in the famous Apple ad?

From Counterculture to Cyberculture

By this show had morphed into a program called “We R All One,” in which USCO deployed slide and film projections, oscilloscopes, music, strobes, and live dancers to create a sensory cacophony. If you have any interest in the history of technology or the counterculture of the 60s and 70s, this is essential reading. Lists with This Book. I’m giving the book two stars instead of one because the topic is good, but the book is not.

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.

Oct 03, Chuck added it Shelves: Barley Administrative Science Quarterly. Mar 17, Simon rated it it was ok.