Replacing the work ethic

The Hacker Ethic and the Spirit of the Information Age by Pekka Himanen

The term "hacker" originally referred to a programmer who is passionate, even obsessive, about programming and good at it. As a part-time programmer since the mid-1960s and author of For Comment (chosen by PC Magazine as one of the "Best of 1987"), I called myself a hacker until the media bestowed the label on folks who break into computer networks. Hackers call these miscreants "crackers," but the distinction, and the positive meaning of "hacker," seems now to be lost on the larger society.


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