95 Theses of Geek Activism

95 Theses of Geek Activism.

Very interesting, I agree with almost everything.

Geek activism has not taken off yet, but it should. With the gamers
recognizing the need for a louder voice, EFF gaining momentum and Linux
taking on the mainstream on the one hand and recent severe losses in
privacy, freedom of speech and intellectual property rights on the
other, now seems to be the best time to rally around the cause.

Geeks are not known to be political or highly vocal (outside of our own
circles)- this must change if we want things to improve. So here is my
list of things people of all shapes, sizes and sides of the debate need
to know. Some of these are obvious, others may not be meant for you.
But hopefully, some of these will inspire you to do the right thing and
others will help you frame the next discussion, debate or argument you
have on these topics.

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  • The Aesthetics and Beauty of Knowledge

    Shih was the opposite of facts and raw information; shih was the elegance of knowledge, the insight and skill to organize knowledge into meaningful patterns. As an artist chooses colours or light to make her pictures, a master of shih chooses textures of knowledge – various ideas, myths, abstractions, and theories – to create a way of seeing the world. The aesthetics and beauty of knowledge – this was shih.

    – David Zindell, The Broken God, 1993

  • Geek Attitude

    The attitude thing is about flexibility, portability, creativity, sociability and jamming (ran out of suitable “ity” words!). It’s about improvising – in the practical and musical senses of the word; not getting tangled in boundaries and the “right” way to do things.
    Definitely the only way to travel.
    Martin Delaney – “Laptop Music”.