Hippies shaped the PC revolution

From TechRepublic:

The ’60s represent many things to many people, but did that same era of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll also inspire the revolution in personal computing?
That remains an unconventional reading of contemporary history. You could just as easily argue that heavy investment in military research was the moving force. Same goes for pro-market tax policies. But a generation of pot smokers and draft dodgers?
Needless to say, it has the makings of a feisty barroom debate. Still, don’t dismiss the argument out of hand. In fact, Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand made a convincing try a decade ago.

Comments 2

  • It’s a bit sad that you appear to generalize a complete generation – one that demonstrated many positive convictions about our wourld – by using a statement like the following:
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    But a generation of pot smokers and draft dodgers?
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    There were many of us that worked hard to ‘do the right thing’: got our education, got a good job, supported our families, even went to war to protect our way of life. Consider how many lost their lives in Vietnam.

    Please consider a bit more carefully your choice of words the next time you decide to characterize others.

    Thanks. I like your approach to computing…just not the noted comment.

  • Thanks for your comment. I don’t know if you are addressing me (Graham) or the author (Charles Cooper). Remember that all the news clips I put on the site are direct quotes from the original article. I chose this one specifically because it was unconventional and thought it might spark some debate.
    On a serious note, if you are offended by the article, I suggest that you email the author at TechRepublic and let him know your feelings.

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