[iDC] Hello out there

Andrew Keen ak at aftertv.com
Fri May 4 23:52:29 EDT 2007

Fred -- some questions that might help people understand your intriguing 

-- What were the ideological and cultural roots of the Silicon Valley 
computer revolution?
-- Why do think so many people in the counter culture were attracted by 
the potential of the computer to turn the world upside down?
-- How do you define the concept of "digital utopianism" and how has it 
(re)shaped Silicon Valley and the computer industry?
-- What role do you think digital utopianism has played in the cultural 
origins and development of the internet? Does it now represent an 
intellectual orthodoxy that is changing the counter-cultural assumptions 
of business and media?
-- Can we now talk about a computer-military industrial complex?

Fred Turner wrote:
> Hi All --
> The ever-resourceful Trebor has asked that I get over my reticence and 
> let the list know I'm on it. I'm the author of From Counterculture to 
> Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of 
> Digital Utopianism. In that book, I talk a lot about the ways that 
> countercultural movements of the 1960s drew from and ultimately 
> enabled the growth and diffusion of military-industrial culture. 
> Trebor and I have been talking about the consequences of that turn for 
> contemporary digital collaborations and artistic activism -- I'm happy 
> to continue the discussion here.
> -- Fred Turner
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