Hackers!

#551 in a series of Things That Have Arrived In The Post

Hackers! is one of my favourite papers we’ve made so far. And you can buy one.

Leila (the editor) says this about it:

Hackers! is a full-colour, 12-page, quarterly newspaper packed with entertaining creations and ideas, features on artists, scientists, and everything inbetween. Read about laser-powered bongs, hacking time, new games for old 8-bits, side- channel attacks, Victorian hackers, combination locks and plenty more.

“Why hackers? I kept seeing this very fresh, very motivated creativity everywhere, individuals quietly looking for possibilities to subvert and improve given systems and technologies with their ideas – and refusing to accept that it can’t be done. There was a shared attitude, but no single place to go to find it all. So I spotted a gap for a new publication, respectfully and professionally produced, but made in the spirit of hacking rather than simply reporting on it. Hacking has many meanings – it’s as much about ingenious problem-solving as it is about mischief. People are beginning to realise that, and that’s definitely something to celebrate.”

I like it because it sits in that lovely sweet spot between professional and amateur. A newly emerging sweet spot that’s better than both extremes. Or something. Anyway, it’s nicely DIY and quirky but it’s also got proper discipline – because it’s been well edited and it’s got a limited number of pages. So it’s all good. (Not in the American sense of it not being a problem, but in the literal sense of being entirely good.)  And you can buy one.

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