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Review by Russ Kirk
Dr. Timothy Leary
Illustrations by Brummbaer, Carolyn Ferris, Vic Keller, Robert Williams, Michael Harrington, Vicki Marshall and Andy Firth
imothy Leary's Chaos & Cyber Culture is his futuristic vision of the emergence of a new humanism with an emphasis on questioning authority, independent thinking, individual creativity, and the empowerment of computer and other brain technologies. This "cyberpunk manifesto" describes a new breed that loves technology and uses it to revolutionize communication and tweak Big Brother while being successful, achieving political power and having fun. Timothy Leary is a leading figure in the cyberpunk culture, much as he was a leading figure in the consciousness revolution of the 1960s.
Chaos & Cyber Culture brings together his provocative, futuristic writings, lively interviews and cogent conversations with a variety of writers and thinkers. Chaos and Cyber Culture defines the emergence of the New Breed of the Information Age, who are creating the cyberdelic politics and culture of the 21st Century.
Cyber Culture is a substantial work (over
100,000 words) consisting of over forty chapters and
conversations with leading figures. There are eight
main sections and an epilogue.
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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