E. Gabriella Coleman’s Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous is such a tremendous success as a work of scholarship, and probably as popular reading as well: all the ingredients are there for both outstanding academic writing and feeding popular fascination.
Has it, though, displaced or dislodged Coleman’s earlier anthropology of hacker culture (and Debian culture specifically), Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking from our minds? I hope not.
It’s a seminal work, and belongs in the hands of as many high-school computing students as will accept it.
I don’t want to see its value erased in the shadows of the success of Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower…….a phenomenal text. But a different text.
As a reminder, here’s the ToC of Coding Freedom:
It’s licensed CC, so please don’t lose track of this work.
The PDF is here.
(If you spend time teaching, have a look at this 2012 syllabus for Coleman’s “Hacker Culture and Politics” course at McGill.)