Computer Lib / Dream Machines

Computer Lib / Dream Machines
Computer Lib / Dream Machines  
Author(s) Ted Nelson
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) History
Publisher Tempus Books of Microsoft Press
Publication date 1987 (originally 1974)
Media type Print (Paperback)

Computer Lib is a book by Ted Nelson, originally published in 1974 by Nelson himself, and packaged with Dream Machines, another book by Nelson. The whole publication (referred to as just "Computer Lib" by Nelson and others) had two front covers to indicate the "intertwingling" of the two books, and was republished with a foreword by Stewart Brand in 1987 by a division of Microsoft Press. The book, which is subtitled "You can and must understand computers NOW," and which Nelson says in the 1987 edition was inspired by Brand's Whole Earth Catalog, is a spirited manifesto that was inspiring to a generation of DIY computer-lovers. In his book Tools for Thought, Howard Rheingold calls Computer Lib "the best-selling underground manifesto of the microcomputer revolution."[1] It is sometimes considered the first book about the personal computer[by whom?], since it was initially published prior to the release of the Altair, however, that honor is actually Nicholas Negroponte's, for his 1970 book The Architecture Machine: Towards a More Human Environment[citation needed].

In Computer Lib, Nelson writes passionately about the need for people to understand computers deeply, more deeply than was generally promoted as "computer literacy," which he considers a superficial kind of familiarity with particular hardware and software. His rallying cry "Down with Cybercrud" is against the centralization of computers such as that performed by IBM at the time, as well as against what he sees as the intentional untruths that "computer people" tell to non-computer people to keep them from understanding computers.

In Dream Machines, Nelson covers the flexible media potential of the computer, which was shockingly new at the time (1974).


Both the 1974 and 1987 editions have an unconventional layout, with two front covers (one for Computer Lib and the other for Dream Machines) and the division between the two books marked by text (for the other side) rotated 180°. The text itself is broken up into many sections, with simulated pull-quotes, comics, side bars, etc., similar to a magazine layout.


  1. ^ Rheingold, Howard.Tools for Thought
  • Nelson, Theodor (1974), Computer Lib: You can and must understand computers now/Dream Machines: New freedoms through computer screens—a minority report (1st ed.), South Bend, IN: the distributors, ISBN 0-89347-002-3 
  • Nelson, Theodor (1987), Computer Lib/Dream Machines (Rev. ed.), Redmond, WA: Tempus Books of Microsoft Press, ISBN 0-914845-49-7 

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем сделать НИР

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Computer Lib — {|infobox Book name = Computer Lib / Dream Machines author = Ted Nelson cover artist = country = United States language = English genre = History publisher = Tempus Books of Microsoft Press release date = 1987 (originally 1974) media type = Print …   Wikipedia

  • Dream Machine — Not to be confused with Machine Dreams. The phrase Dream Machine can have a number of different meanings: Dreamachine, a light effect Sony Dream Machine, a line of clock radios by Sony Dream Machine (band), a UK based progressive space rock band… …   Wikipedia

  • Project Xanadu — was the first hypertext project. Founded in 1960 by Ted Nelson, the project contrasts its vision with that of paper: Today s popular software simulates paper. The World Wide Web (another imitation of paper) trivialises our original hypertext… …   Wikipedia

  • Intertwingularity — is a term coined by Ted Nelson to express the complexity of interrelations in human knowledge.Nelson wrote in Computer Lib/Dream Machines Harv|Nelson|1974|p=DM45::EVERYTHING IS DEEPLY INTERTWINGLED. In an important sense there are no subjects at… …   Wikipedia

  • Ted Nelson — Infobox Scientist name = Ted Nelson caption = birth date = 1937 birth place = New York City death date = death place = ethnicity = Norwegian American field = Inventor work institutions = [] [] alma… …   Wikipedia

  • Theodor Holm Nelson — Ted Nelson, 2011 Ted Nelson (eigentlich Theodor Holm Nelson; * 1937 in Chicago), ist ein US amerikanischer Philosoph und Informationstechnikpionier. Er prägte 1965 die Begriffe Hypertext und Hypermedia. Außerdem wird ihm der erste Gebrauch der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Hacker ethic — refers to the values and philosophy that are standard in the hacker community. The early hacker culture and resulting philosophy originated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the 1950s and 1960 s. The term hacker ethic is… …   Wikipedia

  • Gordon Pask — Andrew Gordon Speedie Pask (June 28, 1928, Derby – March 29, 1996, London) was an English cybernetician and psychologist who made significant contributions to cybernetics, instructional psychology, experimental epistemology and educational… …   Wikipedia

  • Ted Nelson — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Nelson. Theodor Holm Nelson (né en 1937) est un sociologue américain, pionnier de l histoire des technologies de l information. Il est considéré comme l inventeur du terme hypertexte (1965). Né dans un milieu d… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Information retrieval — This article is about information retrieval in general. For the fictional government department, see Brazil (film). Information retrieval (IR) is the area of study concerned with searching for documents, for information within documents, and for… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”