Hacking Rhetoric

Weekly Blog #2

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A friend of mine asked me how class was on Monday, and I told her “I spent most of the time on twitter.” Now typically, I scroll through twitter and facebook mindlessly in other classes as the professor lectures on and on, but this time was DIFFERENT. It was very REFRESHING to use social media in a live and active way. We were able to see conversations and what was trending with #transh4ck. I had never heard of these “hackathons” before and I thought it was pretty AMAZING that these groups of people can come up with such INNOVATIVE ways of solving problems and developing software just overnight. It made me think about the possible types of things we could accomplish if we came together as a class. Maybe they’d put us on the news. I was able to see how this form of hacking can really bring about huge societal changes. I AM definitely beginning to mold some sort of definition as to what hacking really is.

Edited by Woody

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4 thoughts on “Weekly Blog #2

  1. Definitely I agree that if the class came together with our diverse background and experience we could create something pretty cool. I wonder if there is something we could create for the university. Maybe like on their website or create a feature that needs some improvement. You know like really leave a mark. Like a parking app 😛

  2. I really like the concept of a hackathon. Most technology related conferences are centered around major corporations displaying their newest tech in hopes that they stir up some early interest amongst consumers. But hackathons on the other hand are all about innovation. Bringing intelligent people together with one common goal, to help make the lives of individuals easier. This type of mentality, working with groups of extremely intelligent people in a judgement free area, I believe is the future of innovation. I hope to see many more “hackathons” or similar conferences pop up around the world.

  3. I completely agree with this! I had the exact same conversations with one of my friends about being on twitter in class. I feel like using social media was a great way to educate us on the topic of hacking, especially the Hackathon. It is also allowing us to be able to explain what we are learning to other people.

  4. this is the original post:
    A friend of mine asked me how class was on Monday, and I told her “I spent most of the time on twitter.” Now typically, I scroll through twitter and facebook mindlessly in other classes as the professor lectures on and on, but this time was different. It was very refreshing to use social media in a live and active way. We were able to see conversations and what was trending with #transh4ck. I had never heard of these “hackathons” before and I thought it was pretty amazing that these groups of people can come up with such innovative ways of solving problems and developing software just overnight. It made me think about the possible types of things we could accomplish if we came together as a class. Maybe they’d put us on the news. I was able to see how this form of hacking can really bring about huge societal changes. I’m definitely beginning to mold some sort of definition as to what hacking really is.

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