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  Conquest of Cool by Thomas Frank, excerpt
It suggests instead that the counterculture may be more accurately understood as a stage in the development of the values of the American middle class, a colorful installment in the twentieth century drama of consumer subjectivity.
The enthusiastic discovery of the counterculture by the branches of American business studied here marked the consolidation of a new species of hip consumerism, a cultural perpetual motion machine in which disgust with the falseness, shoddiness, and everyday oppressions of consumer society could be enlisted to drive the ever-accelerating wheels of consumption.
This study is not concerned with the counterculture as a historical phenomenon as much as it is concerned with the genesis of counterculture as an enduring commercial myth, the titanic symbolic clash of hip and square that recurs throughout post-sixties culture.
www.press.uchicago.edu /Misc/Chicago/259919.html   (4367 words)

  Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for Counterculture
Tacoma, Wash. He was a counterculture hero of the 1960s and 70s and his work is an indictment of America's cultural environment.
Counterculture: alternative information from the underground press to the internet: Exit Art, New York City, February 24 - May 29; Cultural economies: histories the the alternative arts movement, NYC...
From Hippies to Hackers, How the Counterculture Became the Inspirational Force of a Generation, at National Press Club, Dec. 15.
www.encyclopedia.com /SearchResults.aspx?Q=Counterculture   (0 words)

  Zeek: Politics: Counterculture and Democracy
First, a counterculture should be more than just a taste in music or clothes — it should be a culture, complete with language, style, ideology (or the explicit rejection thereof), identity-definers, and mores of social interaction.
There are ways to identify the ‘reality’ of a membership in a counter-culture, as contrasted with the poseurs who assume the style for some reason or other but are still members of the majority culture at heart; their style and speech seem “weird” to outsiders.
But there is much that is new in the Christian counterculture — an appropriation of mainstream culture’s music, fashion, and rhetoric, all transmuted into the counterculture, and yet a simultaneous, and self-conscious, understanding of themselves as oppositional to the dominant culture’s values.
www.zeek.net /feature_0201.htm   (532 words)

 The Conquest of Cool: Business Culture, Counterculture, and the Rise of Hip Consumerism | Book Reviews | EH.Net
And if this vision of the counterculture remained superficial and unconvincing to those actually involved in the youth culture (as it did), that was all right with the advertisers because young people were not necessarily the primary intended audience.
In Franks view, both defenders and detractors of the counterculture are mistaken in portraying the sixties as a period of "fundamental cultural confrontation....
(I)nstead...the counterculture may be more accurately understood as a stage in the development of the values of the American middle class, a colorful installment in the twentieth century drama of consumer subjectivity" (p.
www.eh.net /bookreviews/library/0069.shtml   (1556 words)

 Counterculture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Underground newspapers sprang up in most cities and college towns, serving to define and communicate the range of phenomena that defined the counterculture: radical political opposition to "the establishment," colorful experimental (and often explicity drug-influenced) approaches to art, music and cinema, and uninhibited indulgence in sex and drugs as a symbol of freedom.
The "counterculture" may or may not be something that an individual himself or herself identified with, even if that person was identified as an apparent member of it by someone observing it from the outside.
In any case, as members of the hippie movement grew older and moderated their views, the 1960s counterculture was absorbed by the mainstream, leaving a lasting impact on morality, lifestyle and fashion, and a legacy that is still actively contested - debates that are sometimes framed in the US in terms of a "culture war".
www.unc.edu /~ablount/counterculture.html   (691 words)

  Happily Hippie   (Site not responding. Last check: )
That contrary to popular belief, the counterculture isn’t dead; that a majority of today’s hippies weren’t even born when the sixties ended; that the counterculture has been expanding geographically and is in many ways thriving; that hippiedom has a future.
That although it has unusual origins, the counterculture is an ethnic minority; that the way the counterculture is being treated by the larger society closely parallels the way America has often treated traditionally formed ethnic minorities; in fact, these many parallels are one way we recognize that the counterculture is an ethnicity.
That the key to defending the counterculture and stopping this slide towards repression is recognizing that the counterculture is indeed an ethnicity and organizing it along ethnic lines; this does not mean yet another attempt at a new political party since an ethnic organization is a horse of a different color.
www.happilyhippie.com /index.htm   (1372 words)

 Wired to the counterculture, by Philippe Breton
It’s hard not to be struck by the similarities between the cult of the internet and the vast counterculture movement that developed as a mass phenomenon in the United States in the 1960s and, in a variety of forms, in other Western countries.
The counterculture that people refer to - assuming more homogeneity than was actually the case - was in fact a very broad movement encompassing the "beat generation", the youth protest movement which later led to the big student revolts, the hippy movement and a host of alternative movements.
The practices of this counterculture world involved "dropping out" from the world of ordinary people, a journey of initiation reminiscent of mendicant Buddhist monks (often to India, but also just "on the road" in the US and Europe), communal living, a deep desire for equality and a touch of libertarianism.
mondediplo.com /2000/10/06internet   (1247 words)

 Search Results for "Counterculture"
counterculture A protest movement by American youth that arose in the late 1960s and faded during the late 1970s.
...to describe a wide-ranging set of beliefs and practices that are an outgrowth of the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s in the United States.
Their lives and personal styles are often counterculture.
www.bartleby.com /cgi-bin/texis/webinator/sitesearch?FILTER=&query=Counterculture   (262 words)

Counterculture: Alternative Information from the Underground Press to the Internet is a comprehensive historical exhibition that examines the role of the alternative media in fostering social, cultural, and political change in America from 1965 to the present.
Counterculture begins with the rise of the underground press in the mid-1960s.
Counterculture looks at the relationship of artists publications like The Fox to the explosion of alternative art spaces during 1980s, the use of public posters and actions by gay and lesbian activists (such as Gran Fury and ACT UP), and challenges to definitions of information, privacy, and property in cyberspace.
www.exitart.org /exhibit/95-96/counterculture.html   (2989 words)

 Missed Encounters
The counterculture (a term invented by the American historian Theodore Roszak but used here in a broader sense) was an incoherent mixture of ideologies, movements, visions, beliefs, and experiments in the 1960s and 70s that had various historical roots.
The counterculture and the avant-garde were radical, at times revolutionary, movements against and away from official Western culture by groups as varied as intellectuals, artists, workers, ethnic and sexual minorities, students, women, and "freaks" (a collective name for all sorts of individuals who didn't fit in the Western societies of those days).
Partly this was due to conflicting interests, undermining the unity and strength of the counterculture, partly to the failure of Marxism as a revolutionary theory, and partly to the effective capitalist strategy of commercialising exponents of the counterculture (music, magazines, life styles, etc.), thereby absorbing and annihilating their moral and artistic force.
www.sea-urchin.net /buggers/me.html   (465 words)

 Counterculture and the Tech Revolution - 10 Zen Monkeys (a webzine)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The connection between the creators of the driving engine of the contemporary global economy, and the countercultural attitudes that were popular among young people during the 1960s and 70s was sort of a given within the cultural milieu we (“High Frontiers/Mondo 2000”) found ourselves immersed in as the 1980s spilled into the 90s.
One was a psychedelic counterculture and the other was the anti-war movement; and then you have the beginnings of computer technology intersecting them both.” Engelbart, in contrast to the mainstream in computer science back then, started thinking about computers as something that could augment and expand the capacity of the human mind.
And that distinction between his branch of counterculture and a broader, more militant counterculture is still reflected today in the differences between anti-corporate counterculturalists and the more compromised cyber-counterculture.
www.10zenmonkeys.com /2006/11/19/counterculture-and-the-tech-revolution   (4603 words)

 Lisa Law: The Counterculture
The counterculture lifestyle integrated many of the ideals and indulgences of the time: peace, love, harmony, music, mysticism, and religions outside the Judeo-Christian tradition.
Ginsberg, known for his poem Howl, lived and symbolized the bohemian ideals of the Beat Generation of the 1950s and embraced the counterculture of the sixties.
It [the counterculture] was an attempt to rebel against the values our parents had pushed on us.
americanhistory.si.edu /lisalaw/4.htm   (459 words)

 The WELL: R.U. Sirius: Counterculture Through the Ages
Well sure, but you read a novel, and it stirs your imagination, but open source collaboration is where you might be able to actually cook.
I'm running three conversations over three weeks on Counterculture, Commodity and Social Change at http://www.rawstory.com, the first one is with Tom Frank
Part Two in a Three Part interview series on Counterculture, Commodification and Social Change, a conversation with Joseph Heath, author of Nation of Rebels: How Counterculture Became Consumer Culture is online now at http://rawstory.com/news/2005/index.php?p=75 I happen to think this one is the stronger one, but then that's just me.
www.well.com /conf/inkwell.vue/topics/233/R-U-Sirius-Counterculture-Throug-page07.html   (1535 words)

 Counterculture During the Vietnam Era   (Site not responding. Last check: )
As the counterculture expanded, the lines between it and mainstream society widened as people chose sides or as institutions corrupted the rebellion.
The counterculture caused people to look to young people for support as well as listen to their views and opinions.
The counterculture became a presence in society that could not be ignored.
homepages.udayton.edu /~santamjc/fall99-4/allisonmidden.html   (1044 words)

 Counterculture   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Counterculture: A culture, especially of young people, with values or lifestyles in opposition to those of the established culture.
In sociology, counterculture is a term used to describe a cultural group whose values and norms are at odds with those of the social mainstream, a cultural equivalent of a political Opposition.
In casual practice, the term came to prominence in the general press as it was used to refer to the youth rebellion that swept North America and Western Europe in the 1960s.
www.jahsonic.com /Counter.html   (1160 words)

 Amazon.ca: The Conquest of Cool: Business Culture, Counterculture, and the Rise of Hip Consumerism: Books: Thomas Frank   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In fact, he writes, the counterculture's critique of mass society mimicked earlier developments in business itself, when a new generation of executives attacked the stultified, hierarchical nature of corporate life.
As a social movement, however, the counterculture is literally at odds with Madison Avenue--a threat in nearly every way--despite the fact that Madison Avenue was (and is!) in control of the mass media machinery upon which it depended.
In light of this latter fact, it should be easy to comprehend that the counterculture is forced, through little fault of its own, into a sort of symbiotic relationship with the regime it countered.
www.amazon.ca /Conquest-Cool-Business-Counterculture-Consumerism/dp/0226259919   (1844 words)

 From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Virtual Community Discourse and the Dilemma of Modernity
The present analysis aims to demonstrate that as an incarnation of the countercultural communal movement, the WELL had to deal with a number of ideological tensions: between self-expression and true community involvement, between ascribed and achieved identities, between intentional sociability and actional efficiency, and between strong and weak social ties.
The counterculture was an intensely personal, revolutionary movement, born out of the period of effervescence that characterized the 1960s (Roszak, 1995).
Interestingly, and revealing the contradictions of community building in a countercultural context, this user mentions in the second part of the posting that she does not believe that the WELL meets even her relaxed definition of community, the WELL being, in her view, too cliquish and conflict-ridden to be a "real" community.
jcmc.indiana.edu /vol10/issue3/matei.html   (9664 words)

 New Counterculture is a Christian Movement with Alternative Churches | theledger.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A religious counterculture can be viewed as a mere marketing device or an indictment of a mainstream church culture that alienates youth.
The claim of a Christian counterculture, which recurs periodically in American Protestantism, cuts in two directions, defining itself as counter to the consumer-driven secular culture and to mainstream church culture.
Part of being a counterculture, Mitchell said, means working to counter some of the values that get mass marketed as rebellion, including the Big Three of the old counterculture: sex, drugs and the commercial trappings of rock 'n' roll.
www.theledger.com /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060313/NEWS/603130302/1021   (1055 words)

 A Bit of Counterculture
Although the 60s counterculture movement made many casualties of those who got into something they did not know anything about, it took blinders off America's eyes and helped create a less caustic and persecutory society.
An intensely monumental milestone for the counterculture, though it didn't last: the possibility of the longhaired greasers joining forces with the acidheads would have given the movement greater pull on the social paradigmal pendulum.
The counterculture was a sort of neo-transcendentalism movement with the introduction of hallucinogenic drugs.
www.msu.edu /~fowlerad/re.html   (2376 words)

 Welcome to the Counterculture
Having been a young college student in the 60s, it almost appears as if the counterculture of the 60s has become the culture of the 90s, and the culture of the 60s has become the counterculture of the 90s.
Those of us in the 90s who still hold to many of the values and morals against which the counterculture of the 60s rebelled are considered fringe and dangerously extremist, in other words, a modern counterculture movement itself.
Eventually this deception presented on the television screen was exposed by the counterculture of the 60s.
www.bridwellheightspca.org /counterculture.htm   (1194 words)

 International Counterculture Archive
Counterculture is a culture of opposition and minorities.
Counterculture is a breeding ground of bold, original, radical and lunatic political thinking, aesthetical innovation and ideological and philosophical beliefs.
Counterculture is a fruitful soil for the development of new and innovative artistic and stylistic trends, fashions, cults, and fads.
home.gwu.edu /~yoffe   (657 words)

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