Chuck's Reviews > From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism

From Counterculture to Cyberculture by Fred Turner
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Nov 11, 08

bookshelves: 1960s, contemporary-radical-movements

This well-written, well-researched book was disappointing to me. Stewart Brand clearly forged important links between the counterculturalism of the 1960s 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. Was Brand a cause or an effect of larger social processes? Turner doesn’t say. Instead, he just chronicle’s Brand’s exploits, leaving the heavy-lifting, social analysis to others.

For my sake, I find Manuel Castell’s work on this topic much richer.

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