Learn how and when to remove this template message Cyberia is a book by Douglas Rushkoff , published in The book discusses many different ideas revolving around technology, drugs and subcultures. The book goes with Rushkoff as he discusses topics ranging from online culture , the concept of a global brain as put forth in Gaia theory , and Neoshamanism. In the preface of the edition, Rushkoff describes his book as "a very special moment in our recent history — a moment when anything seemed possible. When an entire subculture — like a kid at a rave trying virtual reality for the first time — saw the wild potentials of marrying the latest computer technologies with the most intimately held dreams and the most ancient spiritual truths. It is a moment that predates America Online , twenty million Internet subscribers, Wired magazine, Bill Clinton , and the information superhighway.
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My curiosity about hackers is what drew me to it, but it introduced me to the insights from the psychedelic revolution, the magic of chaos theory and fractals, and ideas about paganism, and even including a glowing description of roleplaying games. The core message I remember was that our beliefs, concepts, and inner programming are incredibly powerful in shaping our lives and the way we see the world.
It led me into even I read this when I was 12 or 13 and it blew my mind and changed my life. I definitely remember being skeptical about the glowing endorsement of ecstasy and rave culture, though, even though love and oneness with a whole crowd did sound nice! The encouragement to explore inner realms of imagination and unusual states of consciousness was amazing and liberating. Douglas Rushkoff managed to snap a picture at the very crest of that wave, capturing the philosophies, personalities and chemistries that made it a moment of such boundless optimism.
Now, twenty years later, that optimism may have gathered a somewhat sad patina to it. Anyone who thinks the internet should be more than a giant lifestyles magazine that spies on you would do well to read this book.
Cyberia reflects how our most creative minds once thought it could be done, and points to how we might still make good on that promise. In my opinion THE manifiesto of cyberculture.
Mixes technology with philosophy, religion, drugs, rpg games and art. Very interesting style of writing. Mixes facts and reality with fiction. Dec 17, Joshua Sorkin rated it liked it This book was the primary reason that I moved to Northern California, hoping to make a new life as a hippie cyberpunk, so in that way I have to credit it with changing my life. When I first read it, the interplay of anecdote and cultural critique was really attractive to me; the narratives made all these media hackers and psychonauts seem real and This book was the primary reason that I moved to Northern California, hoping to make a new life as a hippie cyberpunk, so in that way I have to credit it with changing my life.
When I first read it, the interplay of anecdote and cultural critique was really attractive to me; the narratives made all these media hackers and psychonauts seem real and worth meeting and collaborating with.
Re-reads have not been kind; the technology references and conception of the Internet as a whole are increasingly dated, the promise of fully immersive virtual reality as some sort of singularity moment in human consciousness is as much vaporware now as it was then, and the stories are Just imagine what kind of global harmony that will create, when data flows unstoppably through servers to carry liberation to the minds of About half this book is excellent, but somewhere around chapter 12 I started wanting to yell at Rushkoff.
Also, there were several places where 15 seconds of research would have made it a lot less jarring the "shee"? EDIT: I just remembered the other one that really bugged me: when he says acid house music came from "an island, Ibetha, off the coast of Spain". Not one editor you had one, yes? Basic fact-checking, augh. But overall, a pretty good time-capsule of the moment from 20 years ago. The ravers, psychedelics word and hippies were going to use it as a means to raise human consciousness, and as a non chemical means to help us all access the spiritual.
But as we all know,in its all cat videos, Harambe memes and Donald Trump shitposting.
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Share via Email Douglas Rushkoff deplores how Uber has hit the pockets of cab drivers. He has published 10 books detailing an increasingly fierce critique of digital society. He has also made several documentaries and written novels both graphic and regular; consulted for organisations from the UN to the US government and composed music with Genesis P-Orridge. Actually the germ of the idea was when in AOL announced they were buying Time Warner, which was a huge deal.
Buy Cyberiaon Powells Preface to the paperback edition A lot has happened in the year or so since I wrote this book. More than usually happens in a year. Thanks to technologies like the computer, the modem, interactive media, and the Internet, we no longer depend on printed matter or word of mouth to explore the latest rages, innovations, or discoveries. Cyberia is about a very special moment in our recent history — a moment when anything seemed possible. When an entire subculture — like a kid at a rave trying virtual reality for the first time — saw the wild potentials of marrying the latest computer technologies with the most intimately held dreams and the most ancient spiritual truths.
Cyberia: Life in the Trenches of Cyberspace
Later he took up a post-graduate fellowship from the American Film Institute. Leary, along with John Barlow and Terence McKenna characterized the mids as techno-utopian, and saw the rapid acceleration of culture, emerging media and the unchecked advancement of technology as completely positive. Rushkoff often cites two events in particular — the day Netscape became a public company in ,  and the day AOL bought Time Warner in  — as pivotal moments in his understanding of the forces at work in the evolution of new media. Rushkoff spent several years exploring Judaism as a primer for media literacy , going so far as to publish a book inviting Jews to restore the religion to its "open source" roots.