Fred Turner / Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication, Stanford University

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Fred Turner is the Harry and Norman Chandler Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Stanford University. He is the author of three books: The Democratic Surround: Multimedia and American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties (University of Chicago Press, 2013); From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism (University of Chicago Press, 2006); and Echoes of Combat: The Vietnam War in American Memory (Anchor/Doubleday, 1996; 2nd ed., University of Minnesota Press, 2001).

Before coming to Stanford, he taught Communication at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He also worked for ten years as a journalist. He has written for newspapers and magazines ranging from the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine to Nature.

By Fred Turner on Paris Innovation Review

La révolution numérique a redéfini notre culture littéraire et intellectuelle. Trois Américains illustrent ce processus : Norbert Wiener, le célèbre fondateur de la cybernétique ; Stewart Brand, un hippie des années 70 reconverti en entrepreneur à succès ; et, plus récemment, Tim O’Reilly, l’inventeur de formules comme « Web 2.0 » et « open source » qui ont un profond impact sur notre façon de voir le monde. Ces intellectuels d’un nouveau genre travaillent à la façon d’entrepreneurs de réseau.
The digital transformation has begun to reshape traditional literary culture, as well as traditional intellectual culture. Three Americans were central to that process: Norbert Wiener, the celebrated founder of cybernetics, Stewart Brand, a leading hippie figure from the 70s, 
and more recently Tim O'Reilly, who brought us the terms web 2.0 and open source, as well as a few other ways of looking at the world. How do they work as intellectuals?

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