“Work is work and work is good.”


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 (2013); From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism (2006); and Echoes of Combat: The Vietnam War in American Memory (1996). 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 journal- ist and has written for newspapers and magazines ranging from the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine to Nature. We meet on Zoom. Fred is in his home in the Silicon Valley and I am sitting behind a laptop in a vacation home in a rural part of Germany, without fiber optic connec- tion and very poor cell phone service. But the internet via cell phone is stable enough to have a conversation about the Bauhaus in the US, countercultural cybernetics, technology and consciousness.

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Abend, Pablo; Turner, Fred: “Work is work and work is good.”. In: Digital Culture & Society, Jg. 7 (2021), Nr. 1, S. 149-162. DOI:
 author = {Abend, Pablo and Turner, Fred},
 title = {“Work is work and work is good.”},
 year = 2021,
 doi = "\url{}",
 volume = 7,
 address = {Bielefeld},
 journal = {Digital Culture & Society},
 number = 1,
 pages = {149--162},
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