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"In fall 1984, at the first Hackers' Conference, I [Steward Brand] said in one discussion session: "On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it's so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other." That was printed in a report/transcript from the conference in the May 1985 *Whole Earth Review*, p. 49. --Steward Brand via http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/II/IWtbF.html

Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution (1984) - Steven Levy

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Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution (ISBN 0385191952) is a book by Steven Levy about the hacker culture. It was published in 1984 in Garden City, New York by Anchor Press/Doubleday. Levy describes the people, the machines, and the events that defined the Hacker Culture and the Hacker Ethic, from the early mainframe hackers at MIT, to the self-made hardware hackers and game hackers. However since the book was written in the 1980s, there is no mention of the network hackers of the 1990s. Below is a summary of each chapter of the book, mentioning some of the principal characters and events. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackers:_Heroes_of_the_Computer_Revolution [Mar 2005]

The non-fiction book Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution by Steven Levy is unusual in that it is both a part of the canon and a work which describes geek culture and other elements of the canon. Twenty years after being first published, it is still in print. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geek_canon [Mar 2005]

Geek canon
The Geek canon is a canon of books, art, films, television series, games, electronic gadgets, or other miscellanea, which have been influential in the shaping of geek culture[s]. The selection of canon is very loose, and varies significantly between communities. However, there are a number of works - particularly books - which can be said to be geek canon. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geek_canon [Mar 2005]

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