posted February 21, 2017
I’m currently taking a course called “Macbeth from Page to Stage”. We’re discussing superstitions in theatre, and it got me thinking about hacker myths. I wrote this for the assignment, but I thought others might find it interesting.
As a hacker and programmer, I’m part of a culture that is both dismissive of and fascinated by the supernatural. Of course, as people who have to perform extreme rationality and logic in order to be taken seriously, nobody really believes in ghosts or spirits or divination - and yet we have the “demo gods” to whom laptops, chickens, and goats are (figuratively) sacrificed in order to ensure the proper operation of live demonstrations at conferences.