Recently I reread 'Programming is Forgetting: Toward a New Hacker Ethic' by A. Parrish as it had come up in conversation with peers. Reading it now there are some fairly large problems with the article which I feel need addressing.
Firstly I want to frame the discussion by saying that the second half of the article, which deals with linguistics, systems thinking and general semantics is good stuff. There are valuable points there which we as an industry could well pay more attention to. The content of the first half of the article however is a condemnation of Steven Levy's 1984 book, 'Hackers : heroes of the computer revolution'.
The author in using Levy's book as a definition of Hacking and hacker culture sets up a straw man and falls victim to their own arguments of not succumbing to cognitive bias and cultural stereotyping. Levy's treatise, written in the era of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan is full of personal bias, and the bias of the time. Taking a quick look at this review of Lev