Interview with hacker anthropologist Biella Coleman


7 Responses to “Interview with hacker anthropologist Biella Coleman”

  1. petroleum says:

    The title is misleading, she is not a hacker. I was looking forward to reading about a real life Lisbeth Solander of sorts. Coleman and the article are interesting none the less, but I totally got baited. Not cool.

  2. Lobster says:

    Petroleum, who ISN’T a hacker these days? I’ve seen ordering a late breakfast and early lunch described as “hacking.”

    As for Ms. Coleman, I appreciate the work she’s doing but I would not want to be locked in a room with her. She has gazed deeply into the abyss. Who knows what horrors have taken root in her mind, and lie sleeping, waiting to unleash unfathomable nightmares for the lulz?

    • dequeued says:

      I’ve seen people who seriously think that building an LED throwie is “hacking”
      Assembling a throwie does not a hacker make.

      Let’s not split hairs.
      If you’re a hacker, then it’s because you hack stuff, stuff that’s non-trivial to hack.
      Hacking does not mean doing something slightly unusual.

  3. double_tilly says:

    I enjoy when people approach complicated phenomena with the techniques of deconstruction and ethnography.

    (I wish somebody would do the same for the Tucson shootings.)

    (This writer takes an anthropological approach to intellectual property issues)

  4. Anonymous says:

    Only an anthropologist would know immediately that the reference was to a member of our field who choose a specialty. I do agree that in common land it does looks like an anthropologist who is a hacker, when I emailed it to my son and put in the subject line “hacker anthropologist” I realized it could be about one of his peers. lol.

    I chose a different route, I enrolled in law school to specialize in cybercrimes and that would be in the field of “Legal Anthropology”.

    A study of anything humans engage in is an open field in our discipline.

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