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- The realm or sphere of computer hackers.
1983 November 2, Ian, “Re: Hackers victim of Newspeak (HUMAN-NETS Digest V6 #64)”, in fa.human-nets, Usenet, retrieved 2016-12-15, message-ID <696@brl-bmd.UUCP>:
- REM says that "somebody" should castigate the media for using "hacker" when they mean "cracker". That "somebody", gentle reader, is you, baby, nobody but you. If you don't do it, nobody else will. You, and you, and you, and you and, of course, you. Write a letter to the T.V. station or the local newspaper each and every time you hear them use "hacker" when they mean "cracker". It can be the same short letter each time, with the station name and program or paper name and article changed. Keep it online (unless you are paranoid about DOD and computer use, see article in same issue of HUMAN-NETS); change the details and print it to lpr (or however you get hardcopy). This will be easier when E-Com hookups become prevalent; for now, keep licking stamps and mailing to the media. They may listen iff they get enough abuse from real hackers (the good side, not the dark side, of hackerdom!).