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I am a hacker. This is my manifesto.

Posted August 2nd, 2011 at 8:25 PM by Melody
Updated August 2nd, 2011 at 9:02 PM by Melody

No, not a ROM hacker. That's a only a fragment of the 'hacker' calling. Not to be taken lightly no, but that isn't what I am attracted to. I invite ROM hackers as well as I do anyone else to partake of this.

Comments Allowed. Rudeness Prohibited. Feeble attempts at insults, insults in general or anything non-topical will be deleted. You may express yourself freely, however understand that I strictly enforce PC rules. Equally. Without remorse or leniency. Not that I'd ever ban anyone if I could...unless they became a real problem. Just that I find solutions like deletion better. I don't like keeping comments closed or moderated yet some folks force me to do so. Is that really fair to my kinder readers? No not really.

Oh by the way; no refuting the title of this entry under any circumstances. If you disagree...well that's too bad, nothing you can say will change the fact. I am a mover. I am a shaker. Hear me roar.

Know that I post this not just for myself. I'm not that selfish, nor self-absorbed. I post it, so that newer generations and members can hear the manifesto. So they can grow to accept it if they choose, or ignore it otherwise. It is their choice. In part, this too is just more non-violent resistance. What am I resisting? I shall not say, for if you really DON'T know...then you must learn for yourself.

I applaud the growth of this site. I hiss at some of the regulations which are a knee-jerk reaction to such growth. However I understand it is all part of growing pains. The direction this site takes is up to it's users. May this manifesto give inspiration to the downtrodden, the beaten, the damned, the condemned and rejects from all aspects of life, be they online or offline.

The Hacker Manifesto

+++The Mentor+++
Written January 8, 1986

Another one got caught today, it's all over the papers. "Teenager Arrested in Computer Crime Scandal", "Hacker Arrested after Bank Tampering"...

Damn kids. They're all alike.

But did you, in your three-piece psychology and 1950's technobrain, ever take a look behind the eyes of the hacker? Did you ever wonder what made him tick, what forces shaped him, what may have molded him?

I am a hacker, enter my world...

Mine is a world that begins with school... I'm smarter than most of the other kids, this crap they teach us bores me...

Damn underachiever. They're all alike.

I'm in junior high or high school. I've listened to teachers explain for the fifteenth time how to reduce a fraction. I understand it. "No, Ms. Smith, I didn't show my work. I did it in my head..."

Damn kid. Probably copied it. They're all alike.

I made a discovery today. I found a computer. Wait a second, this is cool. It does what I want it to. If it makes a mistake, it's because I screwed it up. Not because it doesn't like me... Or feels threatened by me.. Or thinks I'm a smart ass.. Or doesn't like teaching and shouldn't be here...

Damn kid. All he does is play games. They're all alike.

And then it happened... a door opened to a world... rushing through the phone line like heroin through an addict's veins, an electronic pulse is sent out, a refuge from the day-to-day incompetencies is sought... a board is found. "This is it... this is where I belong..." I know everyone here... even if I've never met them, never talked to them, may never hear from them again... I know you all...

Damn kid. Tying up the phone line again. They're all alike...

You bet your ass we're all alike... we've been spoon-fed baby food at school when we hungered for steak... the bits of meat that you did let slip through were pre-chewed and tasteless. We've been dominated by sadists, or ignored by the apathetic. The few that had something to teach found us willing pupils, but those few are like drops of water in the desert.

This is our world now... the world of the electron and the switch, the beauty of the baud. We make use of a service already existing without paying for what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn't run by profiteering gluttons, and you call us criminals. We explore... and you call us criminals. We seek after knowledge... and you call us criminals. We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias... and you call us criminals. You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals.

Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for.

I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto. You may stop this individual, but you can't stop us all... after all, we're all alike.

The markup and formatting isn't faithful to the original, this is why the original is linked. The formatting provides emphasis where I wish to emphasize.

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    Esper's Avatar
    I didn't watch the video so the answer to my question might be there and I missed it, but is this some kind of creative writing piece you're working on?
    Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 10:26 AM by Esper Esper is offline
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    Melody's Avatar
    No, it isn't. I am merely reposting and in a way making commentary on something that has existed online for longer than I have lived. Hence why I left the original heading of the manifesto intact and linked the ORIGINAL version to bear credit where it's due.

    The Hacker Manifesto is a classic piece of internet literature, that existed back in the days where you had to dial into a BBS system.
    Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 11:40 AM by Melody Melody is online now
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    Esper's Avatar
    Oh, I see. That makes much more sense now. I didn't think you were a hacker so I was quite confused.
    Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 11:43 AM by Esper Esper is offline
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    Melody's Avatar
    Appearances can be deceiving. I'm not a hacker in that "Cracker" sort of way though. See ; particularly item 7 which quantifies the hacker ethos more than skill sometimes.

    I generally don't crow about it because it's not what being one is about. It's nothing you crow about, it's something you live.
    Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 12:28 PM by Melody Melody is online now
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    .Seth's Avatar
    lol .
    Posted August 31st, 2011 at 6:24 PM by .Seth .Seth is offline
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    Originally Posted by .Seth View Comment
    lol .
    Laugh. Cry. Celebrate it. Mock it. Whatever it is you're doing...doesn't matter. XD

    It just is.
    Posted August 31st, 2011 at 6:34 PM by Melody Melody is online now

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