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Never Knowingly Understood - Dingbat
October 8th, 2012
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Never Knowingly Understood

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 8th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
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Yes - I think there is a clear 'hackspace movement', with something of an ideology, but it really isn't a political one.

Poetically, it really is about seizing the means of production in a very concrete way, and probably does more in that direction than a lot of political movements. I'm all in favour of 'tiny geeky workshop paradises'.

He's right about the gender balance, though. That continues to trouble me.
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From:quercus
Date:October 8th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
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But why is the gender balance what it is? Because women are excluded by a hostile geekerati? Are women approaching Hackspaces only to be turned away?

If it's not that, then it's some other reason. That's the reason for the gender balance (whatever it is), not in-house geek politics.
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From:jarkman
Date:October 8th, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
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I don't really know why. Some kind of founder effect ? Too trainspottery ? I haven't caught it in action.
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From:e_spy
Date:October 17th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
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I'm watching the formation of a local hackspace at the moment; it's something I feel could be useful, but it seems to be being undermined by some arrant stupidity by one of the louder founding wannabes. I've already been told I don't know what I'm talking about in the definition of hacking (he clearly prefers the tabloid def and quotes wikipedia on it) and much the same in discussing embedded programming languages (complete with demands for citations). Well, perhaps I'll not bother - and go back to making things out of metals, microcontrollers and the like while earning my salary as an embedded software engineer... Their loss, given the skills they reckon they'd like to learn.

If that's what someone who is fairly thick-skinned concludes, then I wouldn't be surprised to see the same pattern repeated for others, regardless of gender.

I'll be in my shed.
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