Hacking Rhetoric

Blue Blog Post 1-What is a Pranker

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For my first blog post, I want to explore the “definition” of a pranker. We’ve all discussed our first impression of a pranker–a man in a dark room with a hoodie on in front of a computer screen. But what makes a pranker tick? What is it that drives them to commit good (and bad) pranks? After looking around on reddit I stumbled upon the Pranker’s Manifesto, a compelling essay written by a pranker himself. The piece illustrates how, as early as teenage years, these computer kids are different from the others-they have found something they can’t tear themselves away from. He describes how the constant need for exploring and urge for new information is addicting like a drug. The author writes, “you build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it’s for our own good, yet we’re the criminals. Yes, I am a crimial. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something you will never forgive me for”.

This excerpt really shows the curiosity and love of technology that pranker’s possess. Yes, they range from malicious to inquisitive, but they all possess that innate craving for cracking down a code. These people are really passionate about what they do, and in this example, he isn’t a monster stealing credit card numbers. I think the media plays a influential role in why we automatically jump to the conclusion that the word “pranker” means a person that going to steal our identity. I’m looking forward to reading more pieces like this and really exploring the inner workings of a pranker.

http://www.usc.edu/~douglast/202/lecture23/manifesto.html

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One thought on “Blue Blog Post 1-What is a Pranker

  1. It’s crazy how when we first started this class some of us thought of hackers as a creepy guy hacking private information. It really cool to see how some hackers do this to better something or fix whatever is broken.

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