The Hacker Ethic and the Spirit of the Information Age


Ten years ago I've read the book by Pekka Himanen The Hacker Ethic and the Spirit of the Information Age. The book had profound influence on me since it validated my feelings that work should be about passion and creativity, and not just about money. Reflecting now on the changes in our society in the past decade, it is evident that younger generations are no longer treating work as duty but are expecting to realize themselves through it. Especially the recent trend that "startups are the new black" clearly demonstrates rejection of destructive hedonism of their parents by the children of the hippie generation, which is being replaced not by the protestant ethic of their forefathers but by the "yes we can" attitude of 18th century enlightened aristocracy which has its roots in thousands years of western academic tradition. If you want to understand the larger changes happening in our society brought about by hackers and information technology, this book is an excellent vantage point. Thanks to the hard work of many hackers over past half a century it is only 1-click away.