Monday, 18 August 2008

Hippies and Geeks

 

Hippie culture was born from a mass culture made possible by technology, but generally in its birth rejected technology. Music projects using electric instruments were recorded and distributed via radio, TV, tape and albums. Mass marketing produced a mass style.

But like most movemements this most technical of movements in its youth rejects the technology of the parent and tried to embrace a back to nature style. This movement was a mass failure and in the late 1980s much of the Hippie generation turned to cyber culture as a potential utopian space for the dreams of the 1960s.

Perhaps the works of Iain M. Banks best reflect this desire to merg utopian individual friend with science and technology. This movement is very popular in the United States and called Internet Utopianism, but is frowned upon by most researchers myself included.

Technology tends to make us more comfortable and less free until it kills us.

Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life
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