Forbes Discusses Counter Cultural Influence on Modern Tech Industry
In a recent publication by Forbes magazine, several contributors debated whether or not the 60s counter culture had any lasting impact on the modern tech revolution. Many people are aware that the sixties counter culture completely reoriented the way that marketing executives and businesses viewed the power of the young person in America. Although the period was filled with chaotic developments, ignorant views of human sexuality, and rebellion simply for the sake of rebellion, this time lives on in the hearts of many Americans who identify strongly with the nature of counter culture. The counter cultural movement certainly had a significant impact on the way ideas are developed among the millennial generation. A simple look at the politically correct culture that now exists in the American social system shows the “feelings first, logic last” mentality that was perfected by the hippies of the 1960s.
In the Forbes article, one contributor argued that the rebellion that existed in the 60s counter culture is the exact same rebellion that drives technical innovation in the modern market. Walter de Brower, a scientist and tech enthusiast, was referenced in the article for his promotion of disrespect and rudeness as the only true means of innovation and forward movement. This sort of ideology is, of course, said to be frequent in the minds of millennial who were the recipients of the knowledge that was passed down by previous participants in the 60s counter culture after they had infiltrated higher education.
This generation has been influenced by the counter culture in such a way that they no longer seem to consider hard science, respect for the individual, or other principals that their parents were taught as a matter of basic human interaction. No; the recent generations are the developers of great innovations and ridiculous social ideals, alike. Both the iPad and the “safe space” were developed by these individuals and each innovation marks its many alliances with the counter culture of the 1960s.