I owe a guy named Michiel van Meeteren a beer or three for his 'Indie Fever' (http://www.madebysofa.com/indiefever/), a ethnography of indie Mac developers - which came out right when I was crafting a pitch to indie Mac developers at the start of the iOS software boom back in 2008.
That book is terribly dated now - the success of iOS completely mutated the culture. But it was accurate at that time, and helped me avoid some terrible errors - errors I totally would have made, had I just followed my instincts.
If you're selling or planning to sell anything to the hacker community she researched, you should jump on her book, stat.
>If you're selling or planning to sell anything to that community you should jump on her book, stat.
Edit: I misunderstood the last line, he's talking about the book in the OP article.
Hackers, aka. software developers, are just people with a specific job.
Sorry to put words in your mouth; that's just what I heard in my head when I read that post.
Or a person with reasonably normal empathy (my wife?) seems to be able to figure me out without a PHD and years of study.
Also, like clockwork, right after the "othering" comes the "hate" and I'm not looking forward to that part. (Ah he's different than us... what next? Oh make fun of and bully of course, thats what the majority always does after they define an other!)
If she's looking for a big name formulaic Hollywood blockbuster, don't bother, because there's no original comic book for them to make a sequel or remake of. Maybe in a generation (or two) Hollywood could turn xkcd or penny arcade into a movie remake?
I'm not sure how I feel about being anthropologized.
I especially like
>There’s a whole chapter on joking, humor and cleverness among hackers. And that, to me, was one of the fascinating areas. And I feel that I’ve just scratched the surface with that chapter — to how deep and complex their oral histories are and their folklore is.
Because I've always been fascinated with Internet History and much of it is recounted through what is basically oral tradition simply because a lot of the old era hasn't been saved.
>They come from the meme world.
I would also recommend "Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age" and "Show Stopper!: The Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft".
Dudes, seriously, does anyone of you want to be treated like monkey tribe? Even if it is anonymous?
I am just promoting the understanding of sex differences to enhance equity and excellence in social science.