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,”  but 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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Guest Post: The 8 to 5 Otaku by Caddy

(Thanks to Caddy from A Feminist Otaku for her views on geekiness, cost, and lifestyle)

Whenever I attend an anime convention, I’m struck by the fact that a majority of the attendees have never in their lives wound the head on a VHS tape. They have never blown frantically into their VCR hoping to  fix the snow that appeared in the middle of an otherwise peaceful Neon Genesis Evangelion viewing. (As peaceful as a viewing of that show can be.) Oh, youth!  

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