... The social and conversation aspects that Ish found so enjoyable at Harvard, and which he had in mind in envisioning a community, take place all around Harbin, but especially on the sun deck in the pool area, in my experience.
Other than Chloe Conger's Stanford undergraduate honors' thesis on Harbin, “Ideals in Action” (Conger 2001), I know of no other ethnographies of Harbin Hot Springs besides this one, which in many ways is two, or at least an actual and virtual two. Conger, ethnographically, finds two, imagined systems of Counter-Cultural-Spiritual and Capitalist Culture, the former giving way and combining with the latter. She looks “at the ways in which people at Harbin construct, polarize and integrate a communal, countercultural lifestyle and the dominant capitalist culture — not in theory, but in action and personal narratives” (Conger 20LLa). Klages' history comes closest to providing a kind of historical ethnography. In Klages' history, hippies were around at Harbin since the 1960s. After Ishvara bought the land, as the sole owner, in 1972, she writes “There were grumblings and heated rumors locally that another bunch of hippies was going to take over Harbin, and the county's health and building departments quickly made it clear that no one could move in and no repairs or new construction could be done in the Main Area until the sewage and water systems were brought up to code (Klages 1991:281).” There's a continuity of hippies living at Harbin since at least the 1960s.
To complement Boellstorff's argument for Techne (from the ancient Greek for 'technology' and 'technique'), as craft or art, brought from the actual world into virtual worlds, I develop here an argument for 'communication' – which is more of an argument for information, language and communication – the information aspect of 'information technology' - than for crafting or making things as what is significant about virtual worlds such as Second Life (per Boellstorff), – where information gives form to the 'virtual' via multimedia. ...
(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/10/goat-rocks-continuity-of-hippies-living.html - October 5, 2010)