Dietrich Brants in conversation with Götz Bachmann
The Wrong Kind of Revolution: 50 Years of Californian Ideology
“Forget anti-war protests, Woodstock, even long hair. The real legacy of the 1960s generation is the computer revolution,” Stewart Brand wrote in a 1995 special edition of Time Magazine titled Welcome to Cyberspace. It weren’t the smart guys in their garages in Silicon Valley but hippie hackers who invented significant parts of the personal computer already back in the late 1960s, and the basic concept for social media in their Community Memory Project in the early 1970s. What went so wrong since those idealistic beginnings that the British sociologists Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron came forward with a dystopic analysis of the digital revolution at the same time like Stewart Brand and coined the term “Californian ideology”? Dietrich Brants and Götz Bachmann talk about the role of rebellious outlaws in the digital world and the wrong revolution of Californian ideology. This discussion will be recorded for a classical German public radio format: SWR2 Zeitgenossen.
(German, 80 min, stage 3, simultaneous translation into Czech)
Dietrich Brants works as radio journalist and managing editor of the broadcast SWR 2 Kultur Aktuell at the German public radio station Südwestrundfunk Baden-Baden.
Götz Bachmann is an anthropologist and professor at the Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media at Leuphana Universität, Lüneburg.