A Pefunctory Definition of Hacking

A good introduction to hacking, complete with its own self-critique, of sorts: Hackers ethic for the world after collapse, from Nature Bats Last.

Sharing, openness, decentralization—so far so good as far as the main tenets of hacker culture go. Of course, this is just one guy’s opinion, but the piece is pretty interesting from the point of view of the outsider (altering html code is the most advanced thing I can do on a computer).

The first two definitions often listed for hacking now seem quite elucidating:

1. To cut or chop with repeated and irregular blows: hacked down the saplings.
2. To break up the surface of (soil).

Also interesting is the fact that if one now googles “hacking,” both Edward Snowden and the NSA come up, separately, near the top of the list.

The NSA now has a record of me looking up the term “hacking.” I’m not really making a point here, but sometimes it’s enough just to point out the obvious.


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