Hacking the knowledge factory

I feel like this is what I do a little bit everyday.

Anyhow, I’m giving at talk tonight at the Vancouver Linux Users Group monthly meeting, titled: Open source and the knowledge factory hack. It’s a mildly revised version of the talk I gave at Open Web last April. I’ve incorporated some new reading, specifically McKenzie Wark’s definition and concept of hacking. Wark has generalized the term to include the production or application of ideas (he says abstractions) to knowledge – not just the writing or rewriting of computer code. He writes:

Whatever code we hack, be it programming language, poetic language, math or music, curves or colourings, we create the possibility of new things entering the world. Not always great things, or even good things, but new things”

I can dig that. I also like Wark’s acknowledgment of the paradox of the hacker as both the creator but not owner of this new world, these new things. Wark’s A Hacker Manifesto is a deliberate politicization of a specific group that has, historically, been loathe to become politically engaged: the hacker class. It’s a neat book, and  yes, it’s a riff on Marx’s Manifesto: “There is a double spooking the world, the double of abstraction.” Wark continues: “The time is past due when hackers must come together with all of the producing classes of the world – to liberate productive and inventive resources from the myth of scarcity.

And so on… it’s a cool text and it’s published online (as well as in print), so you can give it a read if you’re so inclined.

One Response to “Hacking the knowledge factory”

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