Fans Are Hackers

On my own blog I had recently posted a rather extended rant called “You Hack Or You Die.” Yes, it’s heavy handed title-wise, yes I slipped in a “Game of Thrones Reference,” ┬ábut my basic theme is that you have to learn to modify and make things in order to survive anyway, and that it’s true in this environment and economy as well. The problem is we’ve often forgotten its importance, which is downright dangerous in these troubled times.

Yes, the thesis is depressing in some ways, but depressing or not I think it’s true – to modify things and to create is how we’ve always survived. Right now we need those skills and abilities more than ever because the world is changing fast and not always in a direction we want. Right now, I’m not sure “hackness” is being encouraged.

In fact, it can be discouraging now. People feel they have no control. People feel they can’t do anything. People feel they’re not creative, not able to make, not able to engineer, not able to hack and modify things.

This is one place where I value the HELL out of fandom, geekdom, and otakudom.

Because it’s filled with hacks and reminders of hacks.

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Don’t Choke Off Your Raving Fan

You ever get overwhelmed by career ideas and tamp down on them because they're distracting?

You ever decide that you're being too much of a geek or a fan in your career plans and try to be reasonable?

You ever think that you've got to be "rational and adult" and be like everyone else in your job?

Know what?  Stop it.  Do not choke your raving fan.

You are a geek.  Nerd.  Fanboy.  Fangirl.  Gamer.  Technophile.  Sports nut.  That's you.  Why are you trying not to be  . . . yourself.

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Imagination Makes the Future

I get tired of all the fake positive-thinking "if you can dream it you can do it" stuff.  Oh, yes, I do believe in the whole thing of visualizing, thinking big, etc.  I just dislike the consumerist, "The Secret", wishful thinking stuff we have way too much of.

But I do believe in imagination.  I'm pretty sure the regular readers here are very imaginative people.  You're geeks, otaku, fanboys, fangirls, and so on.

That means you've got a chance to dream up the future.

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