This article identifies a mode of intellectual influence and popular celebrity that has emerged alongside American computer science and collaborative engineering: “network celebrity.” By tracking the tactics and impact of three key intellectual entrepreneurs — Norbert Wiener, Stewart Brand, and Tim O’Reilly — the article traces the rise of this mode of celebrity. It outlines both the new shape of network- driven intellectual fame and the dangers inherent in networked modes of power.
Network Celebrity: Entrepreneurship and the New Public Intellectuals
Fred Turner is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University and the author of several books, including The Democratic Surround: Multimedia and American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties (2013) and From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism (2006).
Fred Turner, Christine Larson; Network Celebrity: Entrepreneurship and the New Public Intellectuals. Public Culture 1 January 2015; 27 (1 (75)): 53–84. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-2798343
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