Hacking Rhetoric

Tommy Lam – Weekly Blog

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After today’s class activity I, in a sense, feel more like a hacker (though a novice one).  The Hackasaurus tool that we utilized was very intuitive and made altering the website, that my partner and I chose, very easy.  It was as simple as clicking an image or text and replacing it with another.  I have to say that changing an established website, to my liking, made me feel somewhat powerful.  Is this what hackers feel like when they hit it big and successfully hack someone or something?  If so, I can now say that that I better understand these individuals.  The particular type of hacker that I think I can sympathize with a bit more, now that I’ve ‘hacked’ a website, are the trolling ones since my partner and I basically trolled an existing Buzzfeed article.  Overall, I can say that I enjoyed this class activity because it allowed us to practice our rhetoric skills in another form than a traditional college essay.  I hope to do more activities like this in the future.    

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2 thoughts on “Tommy Lam – Weekly Blog

  1. After today’s class activity I, in a sense, feel like I broke privacy and made unethical choices. The Hackasaurus tool that we utilized was very intuitive and made altering the website, that my partner and I chose, very easy, and this frightening me. I have to say that changing an established website, to my liking, made me feel sneaky and I did not like this feeling. Is this what hackers feel like when they hit it big and successfully hack someone or something? If so, I can now say that I will never learn to understand these individuals and the horrible acts they are committing. I feel I can never sympathize with a hacker, now that I’ve ‘hacked’ a website. Overall, I can say that I learned a lot from this class activity because it allowed us to learn what it’s like to be somewhat like a hacker.

    HACKED! This is your hacker commenting!

    I liked this particular post because I felt the same why. It’s similar to hacking into your blog–it was easy, but when you realize that you’re doing, you feel creepy and like you really shouldn’t be here. It is a little bit of a power trip because you start thinking about everything you can do now that you’re in someone elses space. Don’t worry! I won’t hack anything else :))

  2. oh, and this is Audrey Toledo.

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