Hacking Rhetoric

Blue Post James Pinkerton

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I was thinking about the assignment we had today, which was to research a recent event on twitter. We were live-tweeting our findings and comments to our classmates on the twitter feed for this class. I was also thinking about how much trouble it was to post some of my tweets, including about an hour spent in the library trying to link a website for one of my weekly tweets. When I finally posted a tweet without a link it worked and my tweet showed up on the class hashtag like it should have all along. This could not have come soon enough because my blood pressure was at astounding levels and I was full of demented anger, punching things and swearing at inanimate objects. Thinking back on that anger and the extra anger I felt in class when I still couldn’t link a website even though everyone else could, I come to the realization that maybe the reason a hacker culture developed so strongly in the computer world is because of the nature of computers. If hacking is such a simple thing, using creativity and finding solutions, why did the hacker culture stay in the world of computers so long? Computers are tragically flawed and glitches are an everpresent nuisance for even the newest models. With design flaws in such astounding quality, it’s no surprise that legions of people make a living or a hobby out of fixing the infuriating quirks of programs and processors or whatever they see as needing improvement. If I had the technical ability, I would fix the glaring issues in the twitter system that led to me being unable to post a link, using methods illegal, legal, ethical, unethical, I care not. Computers piss everyone off and some people found that they had the ability to piss right back on the idiots that designed the hardware and software we depend on… I salute their noble efforts, and I understand where they’re coming from. “To err is human; to completely foul things up requires computers.”

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