Nearly a century ago, Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic
and The Spirit of Capitalism
articulated the animating spirit of the industrial age. Now, Pekka Himanen - together with Linus Torvalds and Manuel Castells - articulates 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 our time - are the hacker values that produced them and that challenge us all. These values promote passionate and freely rhythmic 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 new, increasingly technological society. The Hacker Ethic
takes us on a journey through fundamental questions about life in the information age - a trip of constant surprises, after which our time and our lives can be seen from unexpected perspectives.
*In the original meaning of the word, hackers are enthusiastic computer programmers who share their work with others; they are not computer criminals.
Executive Producer: Laura Wilson
Producer: Paul Ruben
Original Jacket Design: Kapo Ng
©2000 Pekka Himanen
Prologue Copyright ©2000 Linus Torvalds
Epilogue Copyright ©2000 Manuel Castells
(P)2001 Random House, Inc.