In this lecture, Professor Himanen will discuss how there has been a cultural shift in which the 'Hacker Ethic' of the Digital Era has superseded Weber's 'Protestant Ethic' of the Industrial Age.

In his famous essay ‘The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism’, Max Weber described the culture of industrial capitalism which he called ‘the Protestant Ethic.’ In this lecture, Professor Pekka Himanen will discuss his new book The Hacker Ethic and the Spirit of the Information Age, in which he argues that there is now a new culture driving informational capitalism. This new culture is one of people fulfilling their creative passion and wanting to achieve it together with others. This constitutes not only a new work ethos but also changes the structures of economy as seen in the way that the Internet culture has transformed traditional industries.

This lecture is part of a public series on “Society and the Internet”, run by the OII. The series will continue in Hilary (spring) term.

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