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In addition to being able to view magazines and catalogs page by page, you can also view the pages side by side like a book. Each issue can be downloaded as a PDF.

This website includes “CoEVOLUTION QUARTERLY”, “WHOLE EARTH REVIEW”, and “WHOLE EARTH SOFTWARE REVIEW”, which were published after “WEC”.

The website contains thousands of pages of publications, which have been stored in paper form for more than half a century, but have now been digitized and made available in high-resolution format. Past attempts to digitize the WHOLE EARTH series ended up with only a few kilobits of data scattered across the web.

The now-closed website “WholeEarth.com” is having some technical problems, and the Internet Archive has also posted some of the “WHOLE EARTH” series on the site.Publishedsome catalogs by the Museum of Modern Art, New Yorkwas converted into data. However, as a result of Thru’s efforts, WEC and the magazines that followed were brought together in one place and made available online.

Think of this collection as the definitive rock band box set, with albums, singles, B-sides, and imported EPs all remastered and repackaged for online viewing.

Some publications have been lost to time. The website does not include some publications, such as the first issue of WEC. According to Thru, these omissions are negligible given that much of what was published in the first issue has been supplemented in subsequent issues. However, all issues will eventually be included.

Still eerily relevant decades later

It has been several decades since WEC was first published, but this publication, which combines consideration for the natural environment and a desire for technological progress, has become popular in today’s hyper-online and environmentally conscious world. , feels eerily appropriate.

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Over the years, the publication has covered topics such as science, social justice, sexuality, biotechnology, and geopolitics. Many of the concerns about environmental issues are as prominent now as they were then.

Richard Brand and his editorial staff creating a catalog in 1971.

Photograph: Richard Drew/AFLO

“I’m surprised and shocked that the issues that were discussed 30 years ago at WEC are still unresolved,” says Thru. “I feel like humanity hasn’t progressed that far. It just feels like it’s accelerated.”

Since wrapping up the WHOLE EARTH series, the brand has taken on more complex and sometimes controversial projects. For example, in addition to raising awareness about nuclear power generation and supporting the construction of a 10,000-year clock, they are also working with researchers to bring back extinct species such as the American thorn tree and the woolly mammoth. Brand says it’s up to readers to decide what kind of impact WEC’s return will have.