"Hacker Culture" centers mainly around being really good at something for its own sake, especially in programming. I've read a lot about it, but what I read suggests that Hacker Culture no longer really exists. Primary sources, for example, are all dated.
It's obvious that my (younger) generation kindof stomped on it a bit, but it really feels almost as if it never existed in the first place. The older coders I've interacted with are just as oblivious to Hacker Culture as new college grads--and yet this wasn't more than a generation or two ago!
This is particularly strange since some of this culture is (or could be) perfectly relevant today--e.g. jargon like "octal forty" (I'm drawing a blank), "cruft" (nastiness), "buzzword-compliant", "disemvowel", and so on. Words like "copywrong", "linearithmic", and "user-obsequious" actually apply to today's centerstage issues! This doesn't even mention the hacker's love of all things challenging and interesting and aversion to bureaucracy. With such applicability, I would expect Hacker Culture to be alive and well.
In its time, although it wasn't mainstream, it was certainly not underground. I wouldn't expect it to remain unchanged, but I wouldn't expect it to disappear. My question is: what happened to Hacker Culture after about 1970? Did it evaporate? Become transformed in way X? Merge with culture Y? Did it drastically shrink in popularity, but still exists?
N.B. I originally asked this question on programmers.stackexchange. They took exception to this, because apparently it was too opinion-based. I thought about arguing the point, since partly subjective questions are allowed, but some of the comments I received told me it was a lost cause (such as the patently ridiculous assertion that there are no concrete answers in sociology). While Hacker Culture is often in reference to programming, since I'm interested in understanding the history, I figure this community is a better fit. I have rewritten, summarized, streamlined, and clarified the post for presentation here.