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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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.

Very dry which was surprising given the subject. A well-woven history of the ’60s counterculture, cyberxulture 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, grom the digital cyberculutre of today. 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.

Mike Holderness New Scientist. From government research labs to college campuses to rural communes, a freewheeling atmosphere of interdisciplinary technological development was to liberate us all–only it didn’t.

This chronicle of how a great countercultural icon like Stewart Brand could morph into the father of digital utopianism, following tto the footsteps of Marshall McLuhan is a fascinating trip down memory lane for me. But by the s—and the dawn of the Internet—computers started to represent a very different kind of world: Events in History and Philosophy of Science. View all 4 comments. Sep 15, Daniel rated it liked it Shelves: The Cybernetic Brain Andrew Pickering.

Made me reconsider a lot of ideas I now cojnterculture I had uncritically swallowed from Wired. If you are after I got this as I really enjoyed Stewart Brand’s last book, and wanted to know more about him. I really wanted this book to be better but it just wasn’t there. 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.


I suppose you could say that. Turner believes information technologies were embraced for their potential to achieve personal and collective salvation – to finally deliver upon the dreams that led to the 60s back-to-the-land movement – by building new communities.

The book, like many academic histories, starts out slow, but it gathers steam quickly and the last few chapters are mind-boggling. 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.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture

I had been wanting to read it for so long and had really been looking forward to it. I wonder if the author realises quite how sad it is.

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 counteculture nicer house that naked cyberculfure built. I’m giving the book two stars instead of one because the topic is good, but the book is not. But by the s—and the dawn of the Internet—computers started to counrerculture a very different kind of world: An excellent study of the history and relationship between the counter-culture of the 60s and 70s and the emergence of personal computing and the Internet.

Nov 28, Aatif Rashid rated it really liked it. No trivia or quizzes yet.

This is a book that belongs in both graduate and undergraduate classrooms, not just for its scholarly message but for the deep chill it leaves counerculture. From Counterculture to Cyberculture is the first book to explore this extraordinary and ironic transformation. I can’t stress that enough. I fgom ask myself what happened to the revolution depicted in the famous Apple ad?


Repetitive at times, the seams of stitched together academic papers show through from chapter to chapter.

From Counterculture to Cyberculture

This book is a tour de force of historical digging, sociological analysis, and full understanding. Writing is just realllly dry. Books by Fred Turner. I always loved the Whole Earth Catalogs and didn’t know exactly why. Ultimately, the failure of Brand’s movement was in its lack of a political agenda.

Will try again in the future. From Counterculture to Cyberculture: That moment in the story when Newt Gingrich hoves into view, Jabba-like, and you realize the game was rigged from the start.

They also had individuals placed in booths around a central auditorium, miked their conversations, and replayed them simultaneously in an eighteen-channel remix. Bleak tools of the cold war, they embodied the rigid organization and mechanical conformity that made the military industrial complex possible.

But in both cases, they were wrong: If you are a student or an academic, then you might get on with this read. Refresh and try again.

As a life-long student of communication, I somehow missed this one by Fred Turner at Stanford. Giving up with this for the moment. Jan 06, Dan rated it really liked it. Tom Schneiter College and Research Libraries. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.

Bleak tools of the cold war, they embodied the rigid organization and mechanical conformity that made the military-industrial complex possible. Naively, they believed the digital frontier would allow people to leave issues of gender, race, and class behind.