Much has been written about “hackers”, self-described cyber-vigilantes like these guys— cynics and anarchists, self-styled to follow V, and not realizing that V at the end of the story gave his life that a new V— one who wasn’t an anarchist needed to be born. The modus operandi of these self-styled hooligans seem of course focused on proving one alleged ability. Create mayhem, disruption for the sake of mayhem and destruction under the guise of “helping the masses”. Here’s your chance to call the president! to make your issues known! As if there weren’t avenues to talk to the President on the media, on blogs, on Facebook, on twitter. As if, we have a president who tramples on all these. As if, actions like these don’t force governments to create weapons or to find ways to use PRISM.
Actions like these are uncalled for. And only wish to seek attention. Something, Hackers don’t really crave. What these so called hackers are doing is a far cry from the ethical foundations set forth in The Manifesto of old, where hackers hack because it was a way to learn; to go beyond the petty limitations of society.
See, these are not the kind of “hackers”, and “hacks” that should be honored. Real hackers scratch an itch so bad that they can’t stop thinking about it. The itch is so compelling you can’t stop thinking about it. Real hackers are idealists, and dreamers. Hackers build. And it doesn’t matter if it was C or hacking DNA!
Other professions can relate to this. Artists, lawyers, engineers, scientists, journalists, politicians and others can relate to that itch like this unknown mathematician who proved the elusive property of prime numbers. He was just an ordinary guy who even worked from a Subway sandwich shop.
The real hackers we should be praising are guys like these from Davao. The Pagesnapp guys bested 40 teams and they get to pitch before angel investors in Silicon Valley.
The people who we should be praising and finding are guys like these who, without coding experience are trying to save some languages from going extinct. Think of what things like this could be done to our own dialects and languages!
Hacking is a humble quality. It isn’t about proving how smart you are. It isn’t about mayhem. It rarely is about protest. It isn’t about proving you can find stuff. It is one that comes from solving real world problems. Real hackers scratch an itch so compelling you can’t stop thinking about it. It rarely is even about protest. Otherwise you’re the bully. You’re the Villain in the story.