Hacking Rhetoric

Day One Writing Assignment

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We’re going to start the semester with a short, no-pressure writing assignment, designed to get you accustomed to some of the tools we’re using and thinking about the issues the course will raise. It’s also an opportunity for you to establish a baseline for your progress over the semester.

Without further ado — your instructions:

1. Get set up on the course site as an author (I will add you) and start a new post. Categorise your post as ‘Day One’. (This relates to the course strand ‘Digital Literacy’ and can be measured as ‘confidence & independence’ or ‘prior and emerging experience’.)

2. Write a quick sentence introducing yourself — your preferred name and pronouns, your major, where you’re at in your college career and anything else you want to share.

3. Free-write, or write a brief one-paragraph reflection (full sentences) on your ideas about hacking. (Relates to ‘Composition’ and ‘reflection’.)

Some prompts to get you started, but don’t feel bound by these:

– What does ‘hacking’ mean to you?

– What kinds of images come to mind when you think about ‘hacking’ or ‘hackers’?

– Where have you encountered the idea of ‘hacking’ and ‘hackers’ in the past?

– How have those texts shaped your ideas about ‘hacking’ and ‘hackers’?

In working on this at home, know that this is a no-pressure situation. The piece should take you about 15 minutes, max, to put together (you can spend longer if you want, but it’s not required) — think first impressions. It isn’t a formal piece of writing or high-stakes.

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