What Does It Mean To Be An Independent Developer?

There has been a bit of rise in the popularity of indie developers recently. While the indie scene has produced a few nice things, there is this large feeling of a “stick it to ‘the man’” type mentality; the man being large developers/publishers. I definitely don’t agree with this mentality, but some feel more strongly about it than I do. I personally prefer the term independent developers to the shortened “indie” developers.