It’s been a very educational week, geeks. Before today, everything I “knew” about hackers was gleaned from the fabulous 1995 cult film Hackers, starring a pixie-coiffed young Angelina Jolie.
However, after reading this fantastic piece on the Anthropology of Hackers at The Atlantic, I feel positively enlightened. That could be partially because the article was adapted from a syllabus (well, it pretty much is a syllabus for author and NYU professor Gabriella Coleman’s course on the culture and politics of the digital freedom fighters), but don’t let that scare you. It’s a great geeky read.
Check out this introductory snippet:
So perhaps the “damn the man!” attitude is a little played up. But not entirely:
If you really want to go for extra credit (and you’re not, of course, an NYU student), Coleman has provided links for the reading material.
As if my eyes weren’t open enough to the wonderful world of computers, I09 posted a delightful gallery of selections from Terrible, Creepy and Outdated Library Books, including this gem about using 3.5 inch floppy disks as a weapon.
Using the power of floppy disks that “can inflict serious damage in your defense”, you’ll never again be attacked by what appears to be a young James Cameron. While I appreciate the concept, the best piece of advice from this era would be to hit the attacker on the head with a cell phone. In 1991, those things were no joke — you’d probably put the aggressor in a coma.
Here’s to learning something new (and geeky!) every day.