Monday, August 6, 2007

Pathetic

I just watched the video of the Defcon 15 "outing" of reporter Michele Madigan. Wow. I didn't know one conference room could hold so many pathetic, hypocritical, self-righteous losers. Listening to the socially challenged Defcon attendees hooting and hollering insults at her as she tried to make it out the door made me sorry to be a geek. I'm well aware that folks of this sort are, shall we say, narrow in their focus – but it still stuns me that nobody in a conference room full of black-hat hackers could fail to spot the irony in all that rhetoric about "trust".

I think deconstructionism can sometimes be a useful tool in pointing out the self-contradictory assumptions in a given position, though I'm not a fan of it as an overriding philosophy. But in this case, you really don't need anything as subtle as Derrida to point out that outrage over the violation of black-hat hacker trust is just ever-so-slightly problematic.

Michele, I doubt you'll ever read this, but here's my apologies. We're not all like that.

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