• How the word ‘hacker’ got started

    30 Apr 2008

    I heard a news story this morning regarding the economy that reminded me of how we got to the point of misusing the word hacker. The essence of what this economic expert being interviewed said is that it doesn’t matter if we’re technically not in a recession, if the people believe we’re in one, then that’s all that matters. Well, we’re not – but who cares, right?

    Just like with hacker. The criminal bad guys – a.k.a. crackers – aren’t hackers in the traditional sense (i.e. good guys just playing around and “rewiring” stuff) but if that’s what the media and everyone else wants to call them, well then, they’re hackers.

    Ahhh! Majority rule…It’s such an ignorant and dangerous mindset.