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Author Turner, Fred
Title From counterculture to cyberculture : Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the rise of digital utopianism / Fred Turner
Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2006
book jacket
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 人文社會聯圖  QA76.9.C66 T875 2006    AVAILABLE    30610020228151
 Euro-Am Studies Lib  303.4833 B7333tu 2006    DUE 12-31-22  -  30500101553108
Descript x, 327 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-312) and index
The shifting politics of the computational metaphor -- Stewart Brand meets the cybernetic counterculture -- The Whole Earth Catalog as information technology -- Taking the whole earth digital -- Virtuality and community on the WELL -- Networking the new economy -- Wired -- The triumph of the network mode
"In the early 1960s, computers haunted the American popular imagination. Bleak tools of the cold war, they embodied the rigid organization and mechanical conformity that made the military-industrial complex possible. But by the 1990s - and the dawn of the Internet - computers started to represent a very different kind of world: a collaborative and digital utopia modeled on the communal ideals of the hippies who so vehemently rebelled against the cold war establishment in the first place." "From Counterculture to Cyberculture is the first book to explore this extraordinary and ironic transformation. Fred Turner here traces the previously untold story of a highly influential group of San Francisco Bay-area entrepreneurs: Stewart Brand and the Whole Earth network. Between 1968 and 1998, via such familiar venues as the National Book Award - winning Whole Earth Catalog, the computer conferencing system known as WELL, and, ultimately, the launch of the wildly successful Wired magazine, Brand and his colleagues brokered a long-running encounter between San Francisco flower power and the emerging technological hub of Silicon Valley. Thanks to their vision, counterculturalists and technologists alike joined together to reimagine computers as tools for personal liberation, the building of virtual and decidedly alternative communities, and the exploration of bold new social frontiers." "Shedding new light on how our networked culture came to be, this 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."--Jacket
Subject Brand, Stewart
Whole Earth catalog (Menlo Park, Calif.)
Computers and civilization
Information technology -- History -- 20th century
Counterculture -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Computer networks -- Social aspects
Subculture -- California -- San Francisco -- History -- 20th century
Technology -- Social aspects -- California, Northern
Alt Title Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the rise of digital utopianism
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