Passions of the Internet

UNSPECIFIED (2003) Passions of the Internet. In: Colloquium on Violence & Religion, June 18-21, 2003, Innsbruck.

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The first part of the paper deals with the hackers' visions that gave rise to the internet as analysed by Pekka Himanen in his book "The Hacker Ethic." According to Himanen, hacker ethic is a passionate ethic of work that is seen as an alternative to predominant Protestant ethic in capitalist societies. Hacker ethic is based on such values as openness, information-sharing, and the passionate desire to create something together in a joyful way. In the second part of the paper I discuss how these passions turned into the opposite as the internet grew up, giving rise to a new mythology or cyber-gnosis. Taking some insights from Emmanuel Lévinas I suggest a twist of the hacker ethic into a passionate ethic of the Other particularly of her mouth and stomach.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Medienphilosophie, Theorie der Virtualität, Cyberphilosophie
Depositing User: Sissi Kemp
Date Deposited: 12 May 2004
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:51

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