My Favorite Apple

Hippies & Macintosh

Written By: Scott - Jan• 02•12

Did you know if it weren’t for the Hippie Movement you’d probably not be sitting there reading this, nor would I here playing on this thing called a MacBook Pro typing out the letters on my wireless keyboard on my 30″ Apple Cinema Display. Yes, I said Hippies-

  • 1960’s
  • West Coast
  • counterculture
  • drugs
  • peace, love, share
  • festivals
  • non-consumerism
  • communes
  • apple orchards
  • “What’s mine is yours”
  •  individual power
  • anti-establishment
  • anti-goverment
  • anti-war
  • rebels

How do I figure that a bunch of Hippies are credited with having a major hand in the invention and development of today’s super cool technology  (smartphones, tablet computers, digital music players), including the invention of the Macintosh, Apple’s first true personal computer?

Dive deep into this subject-  start here and follow the links, and don’t forget to come up for air. This is good stuff!

Stewart Brand’s Time Magazine article-  “We all owe it to the Hippies.”

Computing and the Counterculture in Making the Macintosh: Technology and the Culture in Silicon Valley Stanford University.

Numerous books on the subject also, including,

What the Dormouse Said: How the 60s Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer by John Markoff

The Making of a Counter Culture: Reflections on the Technocratic Society and Its Youthful Opposition by Theodore Roszak.


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