notes June 9, 2008
July 9, 2008 § Leave a comment
off in a pleinair workshop for the long weekend.
From Fred Turner’s
From counterculture to cyberculture : Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth network, and the rise of digital utopianism
The last paragraph. Page 262
And yet, they have preserved a deeper dream as well. As they set off for the hills of New Mexico and Tennessee, the communards of the back-to-the land movement hoped to build not only communities of consciousness, but real, embodied towns. Most failed—not for lack of good intentions, nor even for lack of tools, but for lack of attention to politics. To the extent that Stewart Brand and the Whole Earth group have succeeded in linking the ideals of those whom Kenneth Keniston called the alienated to digital technologies, they have allowed computer users everywhere to imagine their machines as tools of personal liberation. Over the past thirty years, this reimagining has helped transform the machines themselves, the institutions in which we use them, and society at large. Yet, as the short life of the New Communalist movement suggests, information and information technologies will never allow us to fully escape the demands of our bodies, our institutions, and the times in which we find ourselves. Much like the commune bound readers of the Whole. Earth Catalog, we remain confronted by the need to build egalitarian, ecologically sound communities. Only by helping us meet that fundamentality political challenge can information technology fulfill its counter-cultural promise.
reading Peter Senge’s new book,
The necessary revolution : how individuals and organizations are working together to create a sustainable world.
Good but there still is no vision like GardenWorld, and it repeats the meme that the commons was closed by the ordinary farmer.