Fred Turner
Biography & Resources


Fred Turner is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University in the Communication Department, with a focus on digital media, journalism, and the intersection of media and American cultural history. He is the acclaimed author of two books, From Counterculture to Cyberculture and Echoes of Combat: The Vietnam War in American Memory. His essays explore questions of media and cultural change, and tackle topics ranging from the rise of reality crime television to the countercultural roots of the idea of virtual community. His news stories, features, and reviews have appeared in the Pacific News Service, the Boston Phoenix and the Boston Sunday Globe Magazine.

Before joining the faculty at Stanford, Turner taught Communication at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Sloan School of Management. Turner earned his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego. He holds a B.A. in English and American Literature from Brown University and an M.A. in English from Columbia University.

selected books

From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network and the Rise of Digital Utopianism
(University Of Chicago Press, 2006)
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Echoes of Combat: The Vietnam War in American Memory
(University of Minnesota Press; Updated edition, 2001)
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articles & interviews

Broadcasts on WIE Unbound

Dreams of a Digital Utopia