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The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog Paperback – December, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Whole Earth (December 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062510592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062510594
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 11.2 x 14.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

"If you want to maintain independence in the era of large institutions, you are going to need good tools." So begins Rheingold's introduction to The Millenium Whole Earth Catalog, a compendium of reviews of books, magazines, tools, software, video- and audiotapes, organizations, and services plus ideas on whole systems, sustainability, community, health, sex, household, family, technology, politics, communications, travel, livelihood, and learning. Items are listed in the catalog if they are deemed: "useful as a tool, relevant to independent education, high-quality or low-cost, and easily available--preferably by mail order." Highly recommended.

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For over 25 years, the Whole Earth staff has been delivering cutting edge information to those who were wise enough to pay attention. The quarterly Review has struggled through hard times and continues to give us info-bites on everything from sheep farming to cyberpunks to counterculture, with particular emphasis on self-sufficiency and community building. The presentation style is terrific and the material endlessly fascinating. (One of our major influences in creating The WomanSource Catalog--our infusion of the feminine into the info-kingdom.) Since the first Whole Earth catalog in the 1970s, this crew has had their finger on the pulse of the most innovative thinking and technology long before they ever hit popular culture. Concepts like "fuzzy logic," which are just getting to mainstream consciousness, appeared in The Next Whole Earth Catalog almost 15 years ago. Lucky for us after many years of catalog-less existence, we are blessed with The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog, poised once again to transport us into the far reaches of knowledge and info-dom. -- From The WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women; review by Ilene Rosoff

More About the Author

Howard Rheingold is the author of:

Tools for Thought
The Virtual Community
Smart Mobs
Net Smart
Excursions to the Far Side of the Mind
Mind Amplifier

Was:

editor of Whole Earth Review

editor of The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog

founding executive editor of Hotwired

founder of Electric Minds

Has taught:

Participatory Media and Collective Action (UC Berkeley, SIMS, Fall
2005, 2006, 2007 )

Virtual Community/Social Media (Stanford, Fall 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010; UC Berkeley,
Spring 2008, 2009)
Toward a Literacy of Cooperation (Stanford, Winter, 2005)

Digital Journalism (Stanford University Winter, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 )







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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
The Whole Earth Catalog was an revolution when it was first published around 1970. This latest book, now out nearly 5 years, continues the tradition but I wonder if it represents the last of its kind due to the explosion of new knowledge is the past decade and the rise of the Internet as a source of general and specific information on any topic imaginable. The fact that no one else has reviewed it on Amazon as I write this seems to indicate the shift of interest from this excellent resource to other more immediate or specific sources of information.
But in the final analysis, I think everyone should have and use the WEC as it represents and contains the seeds of this information explosion and, though the references it contains may become dated, the ideas, inspiration and permanence it provides are valuable in this day of instant changes.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By bryan hall on January 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
Perhaps the point of such books is simply to inspire us to change. When I first read the Whole Earth Catalog,and The Whole Earth Epilog (?)I was looking for something.
Thirty years later I am on a different path,leading who knows where.
It wasn't the information in those books that changed me.It was the message that change was possible,and highly probable.
That message I read between the lines,not from the sentences.
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34 of 50 people found the following review helpful By robert h. juliano on February 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
In comparison to "Whole Earth Catalog:Access to Tools" the Millenium Edition was - at least to my tastes - horrifyingly bad. "Access to Tools" presented information to solve problems. The Millenium Edition seemed to be more about winning arguments, and how to repair your local <insert tedious political problem here.>
Reading about how aging yuppies want to fix a neighborhood block to their tastes isn't worth 1 dime of my money. I feel disappointed and deeply cheated that I bought this tawdry book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy M. Soter on May 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you have ever seen the original Whole Earth Catalog from the 60's, you may be disappointed. Give this a chance though becuase there is lots of interesting info in here and it paints such a vivid picture where society is/was intellectually at the time.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dai-keag-ity on December 15, 2005
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I don't know how useful this book actually is to anyone, but it makes for interesting reading, if for no other reason than because it shows that an organized grass roots countercultural "underground" is as alive and well in America today as it was when the first of these books came out back in the days of hippiedom's original flowering two generations ago.
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This is one of the final editions of the Whole Earth Catalog. It was published in 1994. It was part of long tradition beginning in the 60's and 70's. Its aim was to provide information and tools to empower people-and promote self-sufficiency. I own every edition. I am glad to have this one as part of my library.
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