Hacking Rhetoric

Blue Team – Joshua Bennett – Weekly Blog

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I found this really cool question asked on AskReddit the other day. The question was, “What are some of your unethical lifehacks?”. I think the whole concept of hacking your life is pretty interesting. When referring to hacking I usually think of computers or physical objects, but I guess it shows that the definition is flexible. What exactly is hacking your life? It seems like all the answers to the question imply it’s doing some unusual trick to your benefit. Interestingly enough, the author of the question had to put unethical in front of lifehacks, so that people knew he meant that doing this lifehack, while beneficially is evil. This means that lifehack by itself must have a positive connotation, and I would agree. It’s funny because if you bring up computer hacking, you automatically question the ethics and evil behind computer hacking. On the other hand, bring up life hacking, and it’s deemed a positive thing.

Anyways, I just thought it interesting how the answers people gave really show how the hack persuades people to think certain ways. For example, one of my favorites was “ always pick rock in rock paper scissors against my sister or in front of my sister. I end up doing dishes more, ect. but the odd time I really need something I pick scissors.

She’s always going on about how I’m sooo dumb for always picking rock but I know what’s up.” The person doing the hack persuaded his sister into choosing paper in every game they play because she has certain expectations, but it’s all for a big pay off when he can guarantee his victory when it’s more important. It’s not persuasion in the normal sense of changing their opinion on a topic, but more a persuasion on changing their opinion on an action. I think it’s really cool.

If you want to see some of the other answers, check it out: http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1lj0yc/what_are_some_of_your_unethical_lifehacks_nsfw/.


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