The computer, it has been argued, inspired a wave of post-war 'imaginary futures', from ecstatic fantasies of time and space travel to fears of mankind's extinction. Yet, prior technological developments were similarly animated by fantasies and anxieties about the transformation of human capacities. Here Iain Boal brings three critical histories of modernity's futuramas firmly back down to earth.[CONTINUED]
In this review for Mute magazine, Iain A. Boal provides a thoughtful comparison of publications by Richard Barbrook and Fred Turner on the history of digital utopianism.
Originally posted on Mute magazine - Culture and politics after the net - CULTURE AND POLITICS AFTER THE NET by Rhizome