Synopses & Reviews
You may be a hacker and not even know it. Being a hacker has nothing to do with cyberterrorism, and it doesnt 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. Its 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 individuals and companys 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.
What do the most important innovators of our time have in common? They're all hackers.
In this landmark book, Pekka Himanen examines the ways in which hackers -- and their open-source business philosophy -- are changing the way we work.
Without hackers there would be no universal access to e-mail, no Internet, no World Wide Web. The freedom that comes with a fluid work environment has fostered this innovation, but this spirit is not limited to hackers. The hacker ethic is a mind-set, a philosophy based on the values of play, passion, sharing, and creativity. You may be a hacker and not even know it. Either way, The Hacker Ethic will call into question all your underlying assumptions -- about stress, time management, work, and play -- and offer an alternative work ethic that promises to revolutionize the way you do business.
About the Author
earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Helsinki at the age of twenty. His ongoing mapping of the meaning of technological development has brought him into dialouge with academics, artists, ministers, and CEOs. Himanen works at the University of Helsinki and at the University of California at Berkeley.
Linus Torvalds has become one of the most respected hackers within the computer community for creating the Linux operating system in 1991 while a student at the University of Helsinki. Since then, Linux has grown into a project involving thousands of programmers and millions of users worldwide.
Manuel Castells is a professor of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of the highly acclaimed trilogy The Information Age and of The City of the Grassroots (winnter of the 1983 C. Wright Mills Award) and of more than twenty other books.
From the Hardcover edition.