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Phd student, video editor, dog parent, lover of punk music, DIY or die.

Part of this account is documenting what I'm reading for school/my dissertation.

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Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation (2019, Viking) 4 stars

Review of 'Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Very enjoyable read. My one qualm is that I wish there was some kind of conclusion chapter that gave a deeper analysis of the stories he shares in the book. The book almost functions as an ethnography, where each chapter is about a different person. I would have been interested in reading something where the author reflects on the experiences and maybe puts some theoretical historical analysis on it.

The chapter I enjoyed reading the most was "the emptiness." The glossary at the end is really helpful too.

From counterculture to cyberculture (Paperback, 2006, University of Chicago Press) 4 stars

In the early 1960s, computers haunted the American popular imagination. Bleak tools of the cold …

Review of 'From counterculture to cyberculture' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I echo the review below that posits this is a relatively sad story. It made me curious to think what the author thinks now over 15 years later and how much computers and the internet have strayed from the countercultural ideologies he accounts for.

Overall I liked the book. It helped me understand cybernetics, a concept I struggled to grasp prior to reading this book. It started to get a bit tedious and ponderous like he was explaining the same things over and over again, I felt like, at times, he could have made the chapters quite a bit shorter. Nonetheless, I do appreciate this book and think it's an important read for people studying the history of computers and the Internet.