Monday, May 20, 2013

Hackers vs Programmers

I’ve often said that at Saatchi & Saatchi we prefer Outlaws to Sheriffs, Pirates to the Navy and Hackers to Programmers.

The Saatchi & Saatchi Creative Quorum in Singapore - five executive creative directors from the Asia Pacific who drive new creative thinking across the region - defined this for us.
  1. A hacker beats the system.
    A programmer maintains the system.

  2. A hacker is trying to get in.
    A programmer is trying to stop things getting in.

  3. A hacker does things because he believes in them.
    A programmer does what he is supposed to.

  4. A hacker changes the way things are.
    A programmer tries to keep the status quo.

  5. A hacker is agile.
    A programmer is a small cog in a big slow machine.

  6. A hacker has many points of attack.
    A programmer has one job.

  7. A hacker has to be fast.
    A programmer doesn’t.

  8. A hacker is self-reliant.
    A programmer relies on others.

  9. A hacker finds paths that don’t exist.
    A programmer guards the old ones that already do.

  10. A hacker is about being interesting.
    A programmer is about being perfect.