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Ben Brown ben at kwartzlab.ca
Wed Jan 9 05:58:01 CET 2013

I have the same sentiment, to me hackerspace and makerspace are
interchangeable. We've describe our space using either term, though when
we're fundraising in the community to buy cool tools, we usually
referred it to a makerspace (to avoid the popular misunderstanding/skip
having to explain the actual origin of 'hacker' every time).

If someone is really that pedantic in regards to separating the two
terms, then they're not making/hacking enough of the things ;)


On 1/8/2013 9:41 PM, Geoff Swan wrote:
> It's all about context... and I agree arguing the definition of
> hacker[1] is fruitless.
> In the context of hackerspaces I think it would be unfortunate if
> folks decided there
> was a distinction to be made between a hackerspace and a makerspace.
> Our hackerspace Make, Hack, Void had some discussion around this when
> we were
> chosing our name and description ("A Canberra Hackerspace"). The
> primary concern
> was that folks would misinterpret the use of "hack". In the end we
> decided that we
> wanted to own the word ourselves and were quite happy to explain to
> anyone who
> was unsure of what we did.
> In the context of hackerspaces I view 'makerspace' as being identical
> to hackerspace
> but using terminology that is perhaps less open to interpretation. I
> sometimes interchange
> the two in conversation myself.
> My personal preference would be that all hackerspaces chose to
> describe themselves as
> such because then as a community people we could regain some control
> over the popular
> use of the term hacker...
> Geoff
> [1] My favorite definition of hacking: "The essence of hacking is
> finding unintended or
> overlooked uses for the laws and properties of a given situation and
> then applying them
> in new and inventive ways to solve a problem - whatever it may be."
> (John Erickson, Hacking - The Art of Exploitation)
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