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This was posted on another list and I thought it might be enjoyed here...


From the printed version of New Scientist:
"On your Marx..."
Review of the book:

Wark, McKenzie. (2004). A Hacker Manifesto.
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Hardcover,  208 p. ISBN: 0674015436.

By: Mike Holderness
TWO new classes are forming, according to Ken
Wark, who is professor of cultural and media
studies at the New School University, New York.
The members of one are producers of "hacks" - in
essence any abstraction that can be patented or
copyrighted, whether a chemical, software or an
intellectual process. The other seeks to
monopolise "hacks" as property - which is itself
a "hack" - and thus controls the capitalists, who
now merely own the means of production of the

Infuriating and inspiring in turn, A Hacker
Manifesto will spawn a thousand theses, and just
maybe spawn change.

Mike Holderness is a member of the information
Mike Holderness
Information source:
Printed version:
Holderness, M. (2004). "On your Marx... Review of
the book: A Hacker Manifiesto, 2004, by McKenzie
Wark, Harvard University Press, ISBN 0674015436."
New Scientist. 23 October 2004, p. 55.

Online version:
From an online version of The Hacker Manifesto
hosted at the Hungarian zine Subsol it can be

"41. The arrest of the free flow of information
means the enslavement of the world to the
interests of those who profit from information's
scarcity, the vectoral class. The enslavement of
information means the enslavement of its
producers to the interests of its owners. It is
the hacker class that taps the virtuality of
information, but it is the vectoralist class that
owns and controls the means of production of
information on an industrial scale. Privatising
culture, education and communication as
commodified content, distorts and deforms its
free development, and prevents the very concept
of its freedom from its own free development.
While information remains subordinated to
ownership, it is not possible for its producers
to freely calculate their interests, or to
discover what the true freedom of information
might potentially produce in the world."

Source from the Hungarian zine Subsol:



Zapopan Martín Muela Meza
PhD student Information Studies
Department of Information Studies
University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

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