otto von busch & karl palmås
the making of a hacker culture
o t t ov on b u s ch &k ar l p al m å s - a b s t r a c t h a ck t i vi s m : t h em ak i n g of ah a ck er c ul t ur e
In the nineteenth century, the motor replacedthe clockwork as the universal model of knowl-edge. In a similar vein, new media technolo-gies are currently replacing the motor as thedominant ‘conceptual technology’ of contem-porary social thought. This development, Otto von Busch and Karl Palmås argue, has yieldednew ways of construing politics, activism andinnovation.In this publication, Otto von Busch describes”hacktivism” in an abstract sense, relating itto phenomena such as shopdropping, craftiv-
ism, fan ction, liberation theology, and Span
ish social movement YOMANGO. Similarly,
Karl Palmås examines how publications like Adbusters Magazine, as well as business theo-rists, have adopted a computer-inspired world- view, linking this development to the dot.comboom of the late 1990s.