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From Counterculture to Cyberculture: the Rise of Digital Utopianism

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Fred Turner of Stanford University on “From Counterculture to Cyberculture: the Rise of Digital Utopianism.” In the early 1960s, computers haunted the American 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 represented 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.

Fred Turner explores this extraordinary and ironic transformation by tracing the previously untold story of a highly influential group of San Francisco Bay–area entrepreneurs who made the connections 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.

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  1. Thank God, someone is finally addressing class/race issues in cyberspace. You know who would have something great to contribute to this dialogue? Fred Turner from Stanford, author of “From Counterculture to Cyberculture”. I saw him at Digital Disobedience at Harvard a few months ago, and he was one of two people who had something relevant and interesting to add to the social networking conversation. His point was along the same lines as Machinist’s article.

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