Pekka Himanen The Hacker Ethic

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The Hacker Ethic

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This text answers fundamental questions about life in the information age. In the original meaning of the word, "hackers" are enthusiastic computer programmers who share their work with others - they are not computer criminals. In this book, the authors show how hackers represent a new opposing ethos for the information age. Underlying hackers' technical creations, such as the Internet and the personal computer, which have become symbols of the age, are the hacker values that produced them. These values promote passionate and freely rhythmed work; the belief that individuals can create great things by joining forces in imaginative ways; and the need to maintain our existing ethical ideals, such as privacy and equality, in our increasingly technologized society.

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You may be a hacker and not even know it. Being a hacker has nothing to do with cyberterrorism, and it doesn't even necessarily relate to the open-source movement. Being a hacker has more to do with your underlying assumptions about stress, time management, work, and play. It's about harmonizing the rhythms of your creative work with the rhythms of the rest of your life so that they amplify each other. It is a fundamentally new work ethic that is revolutionizing the way business is being done around the world.
Without hackers there would be no universal access to e-mail, no Internet, no World Wide Web, but the hacker ethic has spread far beyond the world of computers. It is a mind-set, a philosophy, based on the values of play, passion, sharing, and creativity, that has the potential to enhance every individual's and company's productivity and competitiveness. Now there is a greater need than ever for entrepreneurial versatility of the sort that has made hackers the most important innovators of our day. Pekka Himanen shows how we all can make use of this ongoing transformation in the way we approach our working lives.

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“A person can be a hacker without having anything to do with computers.”
—Pekka Himanen

“A thoroughly spirited and commendable framework for human creativity.”
—Financial Times

“As comprehensive and instructive as any [survey] to date... Himanen has a powerful grasp on that strangely intoxicating contradiction that is open-source.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“Engagingly written and provocative, and indubitably commendable in its vision of a transformation of how all of us relate to our working life....We should all be more like hackers.”
—Salon.com

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