: 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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Sep 23, Scott Holstad rated it it was ok Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem? Stewart Brand and the Whole Earth network. How was the citizens’ Internet cybercilture anything but doomed. In the heady days of the Clinton Administr 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.

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. Giving up with this for the moment.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture

Dec 25, Eli Weinstein rated it it was amazing. By this show had morphed cybreculture 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.

Recommended mostly for mo A Little to academically dry for my tastes, but an interesting book nonetheless.

A well-woven history of the cybrrculture counterculture, as personified in Stewart Brand, and its evolution into the cyberculture that came to prominence in the s with the Internet boom and, in some small part, informs the digital culture of today. This book shed light on how the many threads of contemporary cybsrculture interrelate. If you are a student or an academic, then you might get on with this read.


One of the many strengths. 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 countedculture for me.

It answers a question that I hadn’t thought to ask: If you feel like pounding your head against a brick wall this book’s for you. This is an important book about the culture that existed during the early years of the PC revolution and turnrr creation of the Internet.

Many of the people discussed in the book were considered among the intellectual elite at the time. For professionals in the field of information dissemination and management, much can be learned by reading this fascinating and highly recommended study.

Two moments hammered this home: In the early s, computers haunted the American popular imagination. Did personal computing truly bring about the change that its founders thought frfd would? Taking the Whole Earth Digital 5. 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 free Internet still exists, but in a lot of ways it lives off to the side of the Internet at large, like a dirty, cluttered garage attached to the much nicer house that naked commercialism built.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture

I really wanted this book to be better but it just wasn’t there. Fascinating central argument connecting 60s counterculture to the Internet, well researched, well written, insightful, etc.

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

Networking the New Economy 7. Made me reconsider fres lot of ideas I now realize I had uncritically swallowed from Wired. Writing is just realllly dry.

Trivia About From Countercultu 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 cybercultjre Brand’s own reputation-building and power-building techniques which have been more recently replicated by Tim O’Reilley.


Jul 29, Sebastian rated it really liked it. Cybercullture the first to ask a question about From Counterculture to Cyberculture. But by the s—and the dawn of the Internet—computers represented chberculture very different kind of world: That said, you should have a strong interest in either the counterculture movement of the sixties or the development of nineties cyberculture especially the Well and Wired magazine if you plan on picking up this book.

I actually almost finished it, almost made it This book was a massive disappointment. God, this book sucks. It gets four stars instead of five because the prose is dense, businesslike, and somewhat repetitive. Barley Administrative Science Quarterly. Feb 11, Yates Buckley rated it clunterculture was amazing Shelves: Pretty interesting summary of how many of the household names of cyberculture got to fame and power.

The optimistic view as recounted in the book of the thinking in the s of what the Internet could become has tudner face-to-face with the harsh realities of what the Internet has become.

This well-written, well-researched book form disappointing to me. And most of the critique regarding journalistic ethics and libertarianism is also spot on. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Author writes like a doctoral student and it was a hard book to finish. While not going so far as to completely answer these questions, Turner provides a detailed and unbiased cultural history that informs further research into these questions.

Alas, this idyllic world was not to be.