[hackerspaces] A New Hacker Has Joined Your Party!

Chris Hardee shazzner at gmail.com
Thu Jan 13 23:21:15 CET 2011

Excellent point though I think the argument shift a bit from integration
with the local community to "what is a Hackerspace?".

I think hackerspaces have hacker activism inherent to it's purpose, without
needing to declare it as such. Education, copyrights, patents, hoarding of
knowledge, etc are all challenged at a hackerspace daily.

Which makes integration to the community all the more important. By becoming
part of society, society itself is challenging these barriers.

On Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 4:06 PM, Mel <mel at hackersouverts.fr> wrote:

> There are some really good points going on on both sides of the debate in
> here :D
> I come from a very different background from what seems to constitute the
> base of hackers in my country and like Ross, haven't had as much exposure to
> it as I wish - in part because spaces are still somewhat few and far between
> (takes a while to actually get to the physical spaces) and because they are
> sometimes not as welcoming as one might hope.
> I do agree with you Far, on the account that ideally hackerspaces should
> advocate for a more open culture and teach the people the system is failing
> (even moreso on this one : I work as a librarian in a middle school, and
> witness the drama firsthand). It doesn't necessarily mean, however, that
> being part of the local economical fabric is necessarily a thing to avoid -
> as long as it can be an advantage to the missions the spaces state for
> themselves. A bit like this passage in the book "Makers" where characters
> argue about creating a company to help represent a distributed network or
> rides despite the wishes of their "leader" : it's just a convenient way to
> create large structures, and it has the side-effect of generating some sort
> of wealth - but in the end it's but a tool to an end, not the end in itself.
> Your point about avoidance and distrust of authorities is interesting too -
> in that said authorities are sometimes partly responsible for the situation
> in which certain areas find themselves. However, in a context where
> authorities are welcoming bottom-top innovation instead of squashing or
> drawing (political and/or economical) profit from what hackerspaces can
> offer to the community, couldn't that work ?
> Brilliant debate overall though - keep the great ideas coming !
> T.
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