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Chaos & cyber culture


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The concept of individuals with choice and identity seemed total folly, the ultimate nightmare —not just of authoritarian bureaucrats, but of common-sense liberals. Chaos must be controlled!

The standard way to tame and domesticate the impossible complexity that surrounds us is to invent a few "tooth-fairy" Gods, the more infantile the better, and to lay down a few childish rules: Honour your father and your mother, etc. The rules are simple and logical. You passively obey. You pray. You sacrifice. You work. You believe.

And then, Praise the Bored, let there be no terrorizing notions about individuals hanging around this meaningless, disordered universe trying to figure how to design themselves some individual selves.

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Marshall, Vicki
Firth, Andy
Ronin Publishing (CA)
Berkeley, Calif. :
Sociology - General
Anthropology - Cultural
Popular Culture
Subculture -- United States.
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references p. 254-256.
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Trade Paper
xv, 272 p.
10.91x8.41x.72 in. 1.68 lbs.

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Product details xv, 272 p. pages Ronin Pub.,1994. - English 9780914171775 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Most modern philosophers wail on about the horrors of living today. Reading Leary, I find myself overwhelmed with the glittering optimism he has for the possibilities of modern society. Published just as the Internet explosion was happening in the early 90's, this book marvels at how computers will revolutionize society. He looks at the side by side evolution of mainstream culture and counter-culture throughout the 20th century, and projects his vision forward into the 21st. The effect increasing technology has had upon the power of the human mind to process multiple realities at once. How Pong was a great evolutionary step across the "Merlin Wall," as suddenly the consumer could take an active part in the action on the screen. He equates our tentative steps into the digital realms of "Cyberia" with the floundering of early amphibians who first crawled up from the sea onto land. Have no fear of the future with Dr. Leary as your guide.

"Review" by , "The brave neuronaut whom I believe to be the Galileo of our age, albeit a Galileo possessed of considerable Irish blarney, which makes him all the more agreeable."
"Review" by , "One of the intellectual giants of our time....No one else had dared to publicly explore the metaphysical and evolutionary implications of the home computer."
"Review" by , "He remains a true visionary of the potential of the human mind and spirit."
"Review" by , "The cyberdelic guru of the '80s....The MVP (Most Valuable Philosopher) of the 20th Century."
"Review" by , "Timothy Leary's humorous, humane, entertaining...romp through history from Aquaria to Cyberia. I feel my neurons perking up and snapping to attention....He makes the chaos of our everyday lives sexy."
"Review" by , "He's a visionary, theoretician, fighter for individual freedom, advocate of tolerance...but more importantly, Timothy Leary's lust for life always cheers us on."
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