Wednesday, January 11, 2012

why hacker?

from here (image sources one, two, three, and four)

i'm not going to beat around the bush. i think the term "hacker" is widely misused, even by so-called experts. it's inconsistent with the existing model and it ignores historical usage.

some like to argue that the meaning of words change with use (and more importantly misuse), but the irony in that argument is that if misuse really changed the meaning of words then the meaning of "irony" should have changed a long time ago. it's notoriously difficult to get right. i probably failed right here.