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Cyberia: Life in the Trenches of Hyperspace

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In a vivid journalistic portrait of the underground trendsetters of the 1990s, Rushkoff ventures headlong into cyberspace--the weird and unmapped terrain of hackers, smart drugs, virtual reality, cyberliterature, and technoshamans.
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by HarperOne (first published January 1st 1993)
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Jonathan Wichmann
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this when I was 12 or 13 and it blew my mind and changed my life. My curiosity about hackers is what drew me to it, but it introduced me to the insights from the psychedelic revolution, the magic of chaos theory and fractals, and ideas about paganism, and even including a glowing description of roleplaying games. The core message I remember was that our beliefs, concepts, and inner programming are incredibly powerful in shaping our lives and the way we see the world. It led me into even m ...more
Brian
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There was a time before the age of Google buses, PRISM, and brogrammers, when digital culture meant psychedelics, house music and reconstructed paganism. Douglas Rushkoff managed to snap a picture at the very crest of that wave, capturing the philosophies, personalities and chemistries that made it a moment of such boundless optimism. Now, twenty years later, that optimism may have gathered a somewhat sad patina to it. But Rushkoff's prose is as crisp as ever, and his insights are probably even ...more
Jack Oughton
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Techno utopianism from a mid 90s POV (well, it was written in the mid 90s)

At that point the internet (more often referred to as 'cyberspace') was heralded as a vehicle for the evolution of human consciousness). The ravers, psychedelics word and hippies were going to use it as a means to raise human consciousness, and as a non chemical means to help us all access the spiritual. But as we all know,in 2016 its all cat videos, Harambe memes and Donald Trump shitposting.

Actually, I say that, but I su
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Afroditi
Mar 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book! In my opinion THE manifiesto of cyberculture.
Mixes technology with philosophy, religion, drugs, rpg games and art.

Very interesting style of writing. Mixes facts and reality with fiction.
Bezaubernd
Jun 23, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, abandoned
interesting topic but the guy can't write, smh
Joshua Sorkin
This book was the primary reason that I moved to Northern California, hoping to make a new life as a hippie cyberpunk, so in that way I have to credit it with changing my life.

Lots of early-90s idealism here, and the whole thing feels a lot like a book-length _Rolling Stone_ article about some hot new counterculture trend.

When I first read it, the interplay of anecdote and cultural critique was really attractive to me; the narratives made all these media hackers and psychonauts seem real and wor
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Cow
Feb 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
So wonderfully dated.

About half this book is excellent, but somewhere around chapter 12 I started wanting to yell at Rushkoff. It didn't help that, for the rest of the book, the focus was entirely uninteresting, either to me or 1993-nostalgia-Cow; a world I want to run around and play in, but the camera keeps focusing on all the wrong, uninteresting things.

Also, there were several places where 15 seconds of research would have made it a lot less jarring (the "shee"? really?). EDIT: I just rememb
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Jason Meinig
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book.. Very prescient, as it covers the earliest years of the internet, but also a lot more. It tells the story of what REALLY became of the counter-culture movements of the 60's as the tools of protest and rebellion became more technologically centered, and the book really spells out the 'battle' that is being waged between the power structure and hackers, and exposes some of the idealistic (and not-so) idealistic) motives of the latter. This is a book I should have read 20 years ago ...more
keys
Nov 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great book, as when reading anything about the internet more then five years after it was published i was worried that it would be irrelavent but most of the information especially rushkoffs point of view was still very interesting information.

also having just read 'theecstasy club' only a few months ago it is very obvioous he wrote that based on the research that he did for this book. most of the characters from ecstasy club can be found in cyberia, or elements of them. some seem to be compied
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Brandur
An interesting history of the early Internet and culture of psychedelics (if a tad disjointed at times). It also had some good information on how these early cultures related to the Bay Area specifically, and talked about some of the early (and long since extinct) cyber clubs in SOMA. I would've liked to see even more information on that.
Kyle Fnord
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Utter brainsex. How does one tap into the very nature of their own minds cohesive qualities. What is reality? Rushkoff does us all a favour and bridges the gap between cyberspace, drugs, media, tribalism, society as a whole and asks in a very succinct voyage, how do we become the masters of Cyberia?
Myrna
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hay tiempos que nos emociona haber vivido, aunque haya sido en versión austera y provinciana. Si eres sobreviviente del" PLUR" este libro será un back in time obligatorio... Y de paso querrás ponerte a escuchar un poco de acid House solo por los buenos tiempos.
Josh
Jul 13, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Given how much has changed about the internet since this book was published most all of the information is out of date, and little if any of the predictions Rushkoff made came true. However, there is still a lot of interesting people groups talked about in this book.
Michael
Jan 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Crap. Don't waste your time reading this.
Florin Pitea
I read this work while documenting my PhD thesis. It is an interesting approach to turn-of-the-millennium cyberculture.
Angela
Mar 11, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
A research book for my 90's blog: Damn The Man, Save The Empire! at http://co-optingthe90s.blogspot.com/

Had to return to library. Will take out again soon.
Marc Mcdonald
Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: technology
I don't remember this book blowing my mind but it's been a looong time since I read it. Given the way the Internet has changed since then, this book should pretty much be considered a time capsule.
Tasos
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ένα απο τα βιβλία που σημάδεψαν την μετέπειτα ζωή μου σε όλους τους τομείς, ακόμα και στο θέμα της φιλίας. 5/5 χωρίς δεύτερη σκέψη
Andrew
Feb 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Takes an open mind. Had a profound impact on my impression of the world.
Nick Black
More about raving than computers. Now, while raving was a grand ol' time back in the late 90's, I can't support poor bookcovering.
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Douglas Rushkoff is a New York-based writer, columnist and lecturer on technology, media and popular culture.
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