A Hacker Manifesto – McKenzie Wark

Wark is using the term hackers to describe a divers group of people who want to safeguard knowledge from privatization and undermine the efforts of those who want to own knowledge.

"This book criticizes the commodification of information in the age of digital culture and globalization."

"Hackers in this book are creators and they bring new ideas into the world. It doesn't matter if you are a computer programmer, a philosopher, a teacher, a musician, a physicist, if you essentially produce new information - it's a hack."

"The hacker's main opposition to creating a world where information is free, and free of scarcity, is what Wark denotes as the "vectoralist" class. Named for their control over vectors (i.e. various pathways and networks over which information flows), the vectoralist class are the modern day dotcom corporate giants, the transnational turbo-capitalist regime, who own the means of production and thus monopolize abstractions."


"McKenzie Wark's A Hacker Manifesto might also be called, without too much violence to its argument, The Communist Manifesto 2.0. In essence, it's an attempt to update the core of Marxist theory for that relatively novel set of historical circumstances known as the information age."
Julian Dibbell

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