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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Ultimately, the failure of Brand’s movement was in its lack of a political agenda. At the end of the performance, the lights would go down, and for ten minutes the audience would hear multiple “Om’s” from the speakers.

Fred Turner here traces the previously untold story of a highly influential group of San Francisco Bay—area entrepreneurs: Hardcover1st editionpages. I suppose you could say that. Pretty interesting summary of how many of the household names of cyberculture got to fame and power.

This is an important book about the culture that existed during the early years of the PC revolution and the creation of the Internet. And most of the critique regarding journalistic ethics and libertarianism is also spot on.

They all saw the Internet as a transformative technology that would finally allow people to talk about issues, share information, and govern themselves without governmental interference. Countercu,ture me reconsider a lot of ideas I now realize I had uncritically swallowed from Wired.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture

If you feel like pounding your head against a brick wall this book’s for you. Giving up with this for the moment. Feb 26, Sara Watson rated frlm really liked it. Most definitely not recommended. Told in a historical manner with a careful agenda, it is often makes for a fascinating read.


From Counterculture to Cyberculture

Computer Science Culture Studies History: History and Philosophy of Science. Apr 06, Nicholas Su rated it it was amazing. Books by Fred Turner. It’s definitely an important story, but to be honest I felt I had to work a counterculrure too hard to make it out in this book.

Digital utopianism continues to morph with the rise of the Internet of Things. Shedding new light on how our networked culture came to be, this fascinating book reminds us that the distance between the Grateful Dead and Google, between Ken Kesey and the computer itself, is not as great as we might think.

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. If you can stomach dryly-academic books with no stylistic flair, this is a good one. 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.

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 counterculturd replicated by Tim O’Reilley.


In the heady days of the Clinton Administration there was a euphoria frrom this new thing called the Internet. In the early s, computers haunted the American popular imagination.

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. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. It gets four stars instead of five because the prose is dense, businesslike, and somewhat repetitive. Was Brand a cause or an effect of larger social processes? Quotes from From Countercultu Governments worldwide as well as major industries like conuterculture music and movie industries have found ways to harness the Internet for their own purposes.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture is the first book to explore this extraordinary and ironic transformation. From Counterculture to Cyberculture is the first book to explore this extraordinary and ironic transformation.

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. As a result, I stopped reading about half way through.