Fred Turner

Dreams of a Digital Utopia


How did the anti-establishment cultural revolution of the 60s and 70s end up so entangled with the high-tech digital revolution of the 80s and 90s? In this Unbound conversation, author Fred Turner (From Counterculture to Cyberculture) and WIE's Carter Phipps avidly discuss the roots and reasons for this unique confluence and its significance for the future. Focusing on the unique character and influence of Steward Brand—original member of the Merry Pranksters, creator of The Whole Earth Catalog, founder of the Global Business Network, to name only a few of his many accomplishments—Turner weaves a portrait of American culture (with Brand at the center of it all) that spans three generations. He touches on other seminal figures (John Cage, Paul Ehrlich, Buckminster Fuller) and the driving ideas behind them (cybernetics, systems theory, social networking) in his critique of a cultural movement still in motion.

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Recorded on: 3/27/2007


Computer Technology
Postmodern Culture
Media and Communications


Dreams of a Digital Utopia

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