Hack3r Culture, what is it?

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how I imagine I’d look if I tried hacking

The subculture of hackers is one of which i am not familiar. So i have taken this weeks topic to gain an understanding of the culture and get the image in the GIF out of my head, because yes, that’s probably what i’d look like if i did try anything remotely ‘hackerish’. Heres what i have learnt;

  • “Hacker culture emerged from a fusion of intellectual curiosity, counter-culture and a hate-on for any technology that you couldn’t easily get access to or tamper with and are most attributed to early computer science departments, specifically MIT, in the 1960s.” (Forbes) 
  • Hackers are “not necessarily people who know computer programming or who develop software or hardware, but rather the kind of person who see the world differently and who go ahead and do something to bring that vision to reality.” (medium) 

That last fact is what shocked me the most and has made me quite interested in further googling, so off i go to do that.


Forbes.com. (2017). Forbes Welcome. [online] Available at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2017/09/07/where-did-hacker-culture-come-from/#3ca4fb913362 [Accessed 29 Sep. 2017].

(Gif from) Layton, D. (2017). October – Pretentious Monthly Scrapbook 2016. [online] YouTube. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOdEG3jkQQY [Accessed 29 Sep. 2017].

Medium. (2017). The Ten Commandments of Hacker Culture – Manuel Morato – Medium. [online] Available at: https://medium.com/@ememorato/the-ten-commandments-of-hacker-culture-4e183d570eb6 [Accessed 29 Sep. 2017].

4 thoughts on “Hack3r Culture, what is it?”

  1. Howdy! (I was tired of started each comment with hey, figured I’d change it up)
    I really like that you stated up front that you were unfamiliar with hacker subculture, because I was completely the same. The most knowledge I have on anything to do with hacking comes from either TV shows, movies or video games, and I always watched / played them thinking that they weren’t even close to being realistic. Like you, I went straight to Google to see, and I was interested to find, that in fact, what Hollywood has been recently showing on our screens is not that far from the truth. In fact, according to this source, (https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/12/hollywood-is-finally-starting-to-get-hacking-right/417732/), “Hollywood is putting more effort into creating realistic technical narratives and thoughtfully depicting programming culture”. I’d like to think that TV is actually now educating me.

    The two facts that you included were highly interesting, especially the 2nd one. It’s points like that, that cause me to look at the hacker subculture in a completely different light. Your remediation is spot on, and the hyperlinks you included are sure to come in use. If I was to provide any ways to improve the post as a whole, adding a possible hyperlink (because I know 150 words is not a lot to work with) to a definition of what hacking is may be useful to some.
    A really great post!
    ~ Brendon

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  2. Hey there, really good blog post as well as the GIF (That would also be me if I ever tired hacking too). I did have some idea of what hacking is, but that last fact you found really made me think about hacking in general. There was a kid last year who was able to hack into the pentagon but they actually rewarded him instead
    Yes they were testing their security and their was a reward but the idea of him putting his mind to something and achieving it is pretty interesting in my mind.

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  3. Hey Brooke, I am much like you- absolutely clueless at ‘hacker-culture’, so your points were interesting and surprised me. I found this article about where hacker culture all started (https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2017/09/07/where-did-hacker-culture-come-from/#380331e53362), it seems MIT has a lot to answer to! It’s actually a really interesting topic and the stereotype behind the hackers always after our bank details and attempting to corrupt our files
    I love the case of the pentagon hacking scandal- it makes you wonder about how secure security really is!

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  4. Hey Brooke! I really like the second point you made about the kind of person a hacker may be. I was really fascinated by the ethics of hacker subculture, and how their goal is to uncover truth, despite their ability and means. Julian Assange (WikiLeaks) also puts forward the view that the importance of the material supersedes the potential harms, even though they intend to minimise harm where possible. I found six tenets that encapsulates hacker ethics perfectly here: http://project.cyberpunk.ru/idb/hacker_ethics.html and aspects that influence individuals’ decision to become hackers can be found in Assange’s idea of the Censorship Pyramid here: https://wikileaks.org/Transcript-Meeting-Assange-Schmidt. You should definitely check it out during your Google escapade! ☺

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