In this report last year, I half wondered whether there was legitimising potential in the quasi-professionalism of the hacker ethic. What I was trying to get at was the possibility that the public-spiritedness of vocational web developers might be harnessed by Government, in the same way as the legal profession, say, was once intended to uphold the public interest (in the days before lawyers banded together only for the purpose of price-fixing).
Anyway, so I arrive in the European Parliament today to find the following piece of information in my delegate pack:
Let's all be political geeks!
Want to affirm your support to democracy and Europe? Wear this t-shirt and become a member of the 'Political Geek' community. 'Political Geek' t-shirts are inspired by the popular so-called 'Geek Culture'. 'Geek culture' originated in the Information Technology sector - grouping individuals together who often work in complex fields and use their own codes and jargon. In an ironic, self mocking way, the 'Political Geek' t-shirts play with European jargon.
And here they are...