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Building a Digital Infrastructure in War and Peace

Lecture Outline: 

Smashing Hierarchies

How did we get from SAGE to personal computing?

The counterculture

Microprocessor

Apple vs. IBM and Microsoft

How the PC became the people’s computer

The countercultural origins of Firefox

LECTURE:

  • The Cold War Digital Network
  • Smashing Hierarchies

READING:

  • **Fred Turner, From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism: 28-174
  • Isaacson, Steve Jobs, ch. 1, "Childhood," pp. 5-11 Childhood; ch. 3, "The Dropout," pp. 33-41 The Dropout; ch. 5, "The Apple I, pp. 56-70 Apple 1; and ch. 15, "The Launch," pp. 159-170 The Launch
  • Hughes, “Technology as Systems, Controls, and Information,” in Thomas P. Hughes, Human-Built World: How to Think About Technology and Culture (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004), 77-110
  • Hughes, Rescuing Prometheus, ch. 6, "Networking: ARPANET," pp. 255-300. ARPANET

FILM:

ASSIGNMENT:

2/04   IJ: Submit full profile and first substantive journal entry to your TA for comments

  • Write a one page essay on the legacy of the counterculture that influences your life the most today.