[hackerspaces] A New Hacker Has Joined Your Party!
farmckon at gmail.com
Thu Jan 13 22:56:04 CET 2011
To Ross <rsmith at i3detroit.com>:
> I suppose what I'm getting at is, I don't mean to hijack anyone's party.
Thanks, I appreciate the thought, and don't think there there is any
intentional hijacking going on, but I do worry about mission drift.
>I've always seen these spaces through a lens of personal development, more than activism and advocacy
I think a lot of people do, and I think that many see it through an
even more narrow lens of their own personal development, and not in
the sense of how they can help others develop.
To Tim <<tim.saylor at gmail.com>
So I think, in some senses we are in agreement that there are
different facets of the ideas and movement. And I'm glad you're
honest and clear about what parts you have interest in.
> Open network / sane copyright / culture laws? [...] Getting in to that invites a lot
> of politics into the space's culture, and I think that's too much of a distraction
> from making things.
There are bills and rules that are outlawing types of making things.
Poor copyright laws, a broken patent system, unfair access to
resource. I think those are bigger hurdles to making things than the
time absorbed by discussion and politics.
Examples: The new FCC 'neutrality' rules, if the were in place 10
years ago, would have killed a lot of startups, youtube is the best
example). Strong Crypto use to be illegal. DMCA prevents a lot of
us from playing and learning on hardware *we paid for*.
I those kind of laws are a lot more of a barrier to making things than
> Everything else either supports that goal or is a distraction from it.
To me, a lot of that list seem to be local optimizations that make it
easier for you to make things, and if they help anyone else, that is
a side effect. I could be totally wrong, and it could be you do a lot
of other stuff to help people. But they all seem to be to be 'local
maxima' solutions. Do you think that is a fair description?
As always, I'm glad to be proven wrong, and hear better ides.
- Far McKon
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