Counterculture, cyberculture, and the Third Culture: Reinventing civilization, then and now

This is chapter 13 of West of Eden: Communes and Utopia in Northern California, edited by Iain Boal, Janferie Stone, Michael Watts, and Cal Winslow and published by PM Press, March 2012. Copyright © 2012 by Lee Worden. This work is made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license,

Update, Feb. 12 2012: I've made the corrections to the galleys and re-integrated all edits into my copy of the document. This is now a final copy of the document, and ready to circulate openly.
Update, May 8 2011: I just uploaded a newer version of the draft. Differences in the new version: discusses my personal relationship to the subject matter; clarifies what my thesis is; comments on the need to be connected to the communities affected by your work; a few paragraphs on the Manhattan project and the lure of "technically sweet" projects; discussion of "do-ocracy", self-organization and the tension between autonomy and accountability; curiosity that the conservatives are liberal and vice versa, while actually both sides are different kinds of radically antiauthoritarian; and a small proposal about what would be better than the technophilic social movements we've got. Epilogue is removed.

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