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  1. 1. A Hacker Manifesto McKenzie Wark Presented by Emily White
  2. 2. A Hacker Manifesto   A Hacker Manifesto is centred primarily around this notion of ‘intellectual property’ and has since become a pinnacle question within the information age.   World of “abstraction” – arises due to our restricted world dictated by increasingly strong demands of drug and media corporations for the protection of their trademarks, copyrights and patents.   Intellectual property supersedes legal/technical matters initiates the catalyst for a whole new era of class conflict.   New class relation that controls power of information and sparks the creation of a new class The Hacker class.
  3. 3. A Hacker Manifesto   Marxist Influence - Wark manipulates Marx’s original concept of class conflict to relate to our current age if digitisation and intellectual property. - Primary focus ownership of property, this gives them power, power that “depends on forms of abstraction that they may buy and own but not produce.”   Wark’s new concept - “Vectoralist Class” Control the vectors along which “and like information is abstracted. They take hold of information and land or capital, becomes a form of property.”   There will always be conflicting needs between those who produce value and those who make profit from it for “the end and aim of capitalist production” is “to exploit labour power to the greatest possible extent.”
  4. 4. A Hacker Manifesto   The Hacker derived from the evolution of the producing classes. - Farmer within the agricultural period - Worker within the industrial Revolution - Hacker within the information age   Individuals who hack into to knowledge production networks and then liberate that knowledge from an economy of scarcity for “information wants to be free but is everywhere in chians.”   Ascertains the rational for revolutionary change for “to hack is to differ,” to produce “new perceptions, sensations, hacked out of raw data, whatever code we hack, be it programming language, poetic language, math or music, curves or colourings, we are the abstractors of two worlds.”
  5. 5. A Hacker Manifesto   Wark illustrates the continuation of reoccurring power relations across time. - Property Hack divides society into feudal lord and farmer. - Wage Hack creates capitalist and worker. - Continuation of class conflict is stimulated when information formulates the dialectic of Vectoralist and Hacker which only exacerbates the perpetuating problem involving power and property.
  6. 6. A Hacker Manifesto   Reveals elitists have always sought to monopolise property Information is no exception. - Throughout history, those in authoritative positions successfully used the information and communication of their time as methods of control. - Reinforces the inevitable effects of media developments at the dawn of the information age.
  7. 7. A Hacker Manifesto   We live in a world that is abundant with knowledge yet we are “The privileged realm of confined to live in scarcity electronic space controls the physical logistics of manufacture… [and] requires electronic consent and direction.” Example copyrights, trademarks or patents.   Our society based on private property relations and class conflict, scarcity is apart of our culture.   Dominant property form within contemporary context is intellectual property concept of scarcity is artificial.   The property form has become so abstract that its ambition is to become the very thing that escapes it – scarcity.
  8. 8. A Hacker Manifesto   Wark’s formulation provides a fascinating starting point for calculating the transformation of transnational capital within the growing arena of intellectual property. - Do you think the hacker class are in an exploitative position in regards to the traditional proletariat, or do they have a more dominant stance in society?