Mark Zuckerberg, the Hacker Way and the Art of the Founder’s Letter | Epicenter – Wired

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Over the years, the term “hacker” has had a tough time, used most often to describe high-tech malfeasance. For instance, the vile behavior of Rupert Murdoch’s staffers who violated the phone and e-mail privacy of sources, is casually referred to as “hacking.” This is an insult to the proud hackers of yore, but there’s not much anyone can do about it. Language takes its own course. The good news is that more and more, people are using the term “hacker” in the original sense. And Zuckerberg’s letter will contribute to the term’s rehabilitation. “Hacking just means building something quickly or testing the boundaries of what can be done,” he writes. “Like most things, it can be used for good or bad, but the vast majority of hackers I’ve met tend to be idealistic people who want to have a positive impact on the world.” By elevating the status of hackers to a level that would presumably entice investors to take a stake in Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has done a great service to tech in general. Well played, Mr. Z.