Thomas Douglas (2002) wrote in Chapter 5: (Not) Hackers that through collaboration in the early years of computer programming, hackers collaborated in order to increase knowledge of the way a computer functioned and how it could be manipulated. Douglas suggests that the youth are the ones generally hacking due to the wanting ability to control and manipulate the web. Although this is extremely dangerous and in some cases illegal, hackers collaborate in knowledge and understanding of programs exploiting gaps in the internet that the regular user doesn’t understand.
With hackers creating a simple problem solving technique many users who didn’t understand this subculture wanted the end product rather than hacking themselves. These users are called ‘End-users’ who want the end product but do not understand how the programs work. As these programs become more sophisticated and easily coded end-users become more detached from the machines. It is this bit of knowledge between code and end-users that hackers are able to exploit.
Douglas suggests that the collaboration of computer programmers was an important moment of hacker sub-culture style. This subculture is constantly in flux and has remained resilient to even mainstream culture. One things for sure, with the constant increase in collaborative knowledge, the hacker subculture will remain in flux.
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