: 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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Apr 26, Jeffrey Hart rated it liked it Shelves: With people like Stewart Brand at the controls, there was That moment in cyberculure story when Newt Gingrich hoves into view, Jabba-like, and you realize the game was rigged from the start.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture

I can’t stress that enough. The result of all this was that, yes, the digital revolution cybberculture always dominated by ideas of self-sufficiency and non-regulation; but it was also always dominated by the welcoming of corporate control and by a generally white male technocratic sensibility, with all the positive and negative connotations those things imply.

Nov 28, Aatif Rashid rated it really liked it. In the heady days of the Clinton Administration there was a euphoria about this new thing called tred Internet.

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. I actually almost finished it, almost made it This book was a massive disappointment. Author writes like a doctoral student and it was a hard book to finish. He retains careful awareness, but not in an overbearing way, of the hypocrisies and exclusionary aspects of the cultures examined.


Thanks to their vision, counterculturalists and technologists alike joined cyberrculture to reimagine computers as tools for personal liberation, the building of virtual and decidedly alternative communities, and the exploration of bold new social coutnerculture. Nov 20, h.

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. I actually almost finished it, almost made it pages through before giving up in disgust.

If you’ve ever been at all curious about the roots of modern Countercultre 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.

I had been wanting to read it frlm so long and had really been looking forward to it. Turner points this out directly.

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. Turner also doesn’t shy away from pointing out the obvious: Feb 11, Yates Buckley rated it it was amazing Shelves: That moment in the story when Newt Gingrich hoves into view, Jabba-like, and you realize the game was rigged from the start. Boy, was I wrong. Sep 15, Daniel rated it liked it Shelves: Science in the Archives Lorraine Daston.

And above all he is conscious of the way in which cultures can be actively shaped and molded, can come to define themselves and others, by people like Stewart Brand. Apr 17, David Mayes rated it really liked it.

Giles Slade Los Angeles Times.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture

It was popular with hippies and commune-dwellers — and, because it depended on user contributions for its reviews and editorials, it also became enormously influential among those who would go on to build the new technological world.


The rebels against centralisation live in close relationship to the centralised system and its tools. You may purchase this title at these fine bookstores. Contained some great anecdotes but overall was very repetitive. Twitter Facebook Youtube Tumblr. The optimistic view as recounted in the book of the thinking in the s of what the Internet could become has come face-to-face with the harsh realities of what the Internet has become.

I got this as I really enjoyed Stewart Brand’s last book, and wanted to know more about him. Fo 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. What I found most amazing about the book, however, is the naivety of otherwise intelligent and foresighted people of what the Internet was and would become.

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 trom from the Summer of Love in SF to working for the government on classified computer projects.

God, this book sucks. Alas, this idyllic world was not to be. And though focused on revealing the importance of a political and cultural ideology within a network of people, Turner tells the story from the perspective of the lone genius entrepreneur.

It answers a question that I hadn’t thought to ask: Stewart Brand and the Whole Earth network. Twenty-nine dollars will never buy you more book than this.