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The Complicated Legacy of Stewart Brand’s “Whole Earth Catalog”

By The New Yorker

The baby-boomer communards leave behind a frightening, if unintentional, inheritance—a ravaged environment, eviscerated institutions, and an eroding democracyRead full story

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  • Good piece, but overall filled with confirmation bias. I would have liked to have seen more here on the positive side of the skills Whole Earth Catalog and it’s central idea brought to the boomer generation, and their resulting parenting of our generation. There is an argument that without this wisdom stream being incorporated into millennial education, millennials would not have the tools, skills, and cultural context to make this criticism.

  • Interesting to see where Stewart Brand's head is at today. Among other things, he's apologized for over-valorizing hackers. “Frankly,” he said, “most of the real engineering was done by people with narrow ties who worked nine to five, often with federal money.”

  • The New Yorker is one of the most renown news companies in this history of America. What is it doing posting on Quartz?

  • I hope everyone will take the time to learn the history of the tech industry. Silicon Valley has had four distinct eras: the Apollo period (male engineers with short sleeve shirts, ties and pocket protectors), the hippie period (led by Nolan Bushnell, Steve Jobs ... inspired by Stewart Brand, Douglas Englebart, JCR Licklider and others), the corporate period (led by Bill Gates, Andy Grove, Larry Ellison, and John Chambers), and now the libertarian period (led by the PayPal mafia). Brand’s influence

    I hope everyone will take the time to learn the history of the tech industry. Silicon Valley has had four distinct eras: the Apollo period (male engineers with short sleeve shirts, ties and pocket protectors), the hippie period (led by Nolan Bushnell, Steve Jobs ... inspired by Stewart Brand, Douglas Englebart, JCR Licklider and others), the corporate period (led by Bill Gates, Andy Grove, Larry Ellison, and John Chambers), and now the libertarian period (led by the PayPal mafia). Brand’s influence on the hippie and libertarian eras was huge, but in between the corporate era shifted the industry’s priorities to global reach and massive wealth.

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