Hacking Rhetoric

Schedule

This schedule is subject to change based on the interests and progress of the class. We’ll discuss any changes in class and you’ll receive an emailed reminder.

Week 1 August 28 Introductions.
Just show up!
Week 2 September 2 No class.
Labor Day holiday. Plan on working on your LR self-evaluation this weekend
September 4 What is rhetoric? What is hacking?
READ: Excerpt from Everything’s an Argument
DUE: LR self-evaluation.
TOOL: Basic WordPress functions
Week 3 September 9 Library resources and effective summarisation
READ: Levy, Hackers and TSIS Ch.2
EXPLORE: Serindipomatic
September 11 Hacking X Making. Incorporating and citing sources.
READ: O’Dell, “The maker movement isn’t just for hackers”; Doctorow, Makers pp.11-22; TSIS Ch.3.
REVIEW: EW pp.206-251
Week 4 September 16 Women and Hacking.
READ: GeekMom, “The Hacker School Experience”; Toulmin, “Feminist Hackerspaces as Safer Spaces?”
DUE: Summary 1*We’ll also have a short visit from someone from the Bridging Disciplines Program.
September 18 Hacking Objects. What is an annotated bibliography, anyway?
READ: Toilet Hacking; Car Hacking (Youtube link; watch the video and read the Forbes article linked in the description); Car Hacking — from the source
TOOL: Timeline JS
Week 5 September 23 Hacking You.
READ: Any eight (8) articles from Lifehacker that appeared in the past week. They’re mostly short and you can cherry-pick short ones if you like.
Come prepared to discuss, explain, illustrate, demonstrate, share.
DUE: Summary 2
September 25 What is hacking … again? Hacking Text / Hacking School.
READ: Burton, “Dear Students”; Hacking the Accident, “Introduction”; Hacking the Accident, “Dear Stunts”.
TOOL: Creative Commons; Fair use
Week 6 September 30 Intro to Unit 2: “Analyse”.
What makes an argument effective? Understanding audience.
READ: Nothing! Spend your time on your annotated bibliography.
Come to class with a 50% complete draft of your annotated bibliography (4 articles)
October 2 Ethos: Hacking Zuckerberg.
READ: Ethos — Everything’s an Argument pp.60-65. Zuckerberg — Ahmed for background; Shreatah (primary source).
Optional but interesting: ycombinator discussionFeinberg on the aftermath
TOOL: Fancier WordPress and basic html (resource 1, resource 2)DUE: Annotated bibliography – FINAL
Week 7 October 7 Ethos 2: Wikileaks and Chelsea Manning.
READ: Readings TBC (as the decision got handed down immediately before the semester!).The chats that got Manning arrested – excerpt (full logs here if you’re interested); Section 1 of Wikileaks’ “About” page; Assange’s statement on Manning’s sentence
DISCUSS: Expectations for mid-term Learning Record.
October 9 Pathos: Visual rhetoric with Anonymous. Video links TBC.WATCH: A Short, Strange History of Anonymous; Anonymous’ Message to Scientology;
READ: TSIS Ch.12.
DO: Come to class with a few pre-selected Creative-Commons licensed images, videos, music files that you think you can use to make an argument about your current favourite aspect of hacking. Bring your headphones — we have a set but folks typically prefer their own.
TOOL: Popcorn Maker.
Week 8 October 14 Pathos 2: Hacker humour.
READ: Coleman, Hacking Freedom Ch 3, and poke around XKCD a bit
DUE: Summary of a hack
October 16 Hacking Season Opens.
READ: Rosen, “Security Questions are a Joke”; Honan, “How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking”.
REVIEW: Top 25 Passwords; Good Security Questions.
October 17 Change your password by noon. Hacking Season Opens.
Week 9 October 21 Evidence: Introducing Logos
What is Logos? READ: Everything’s an Argument pp.78-100. Other readings TBC, but centred on Snowden, NSA surveillance, hacking and whistleblowing (another story in progress as we begin the semester!).Logical fallacies
DUE: Hacked summary
October 23 Logos 2
READ: Washington Post PRISM CollectionSnowden was a Hacker for the NSA; The NSA is doing what Google does; Edward Snowden is no traitor
DUE: LR mid-term self-evaluations.
Week 10 October 28 Writing Workshop
BRING: Your current work-in-progress for this class — learning record, analysis paper, etc

DUE: LR mid-term self-evaluations.

October 30 Workshop day: Hackasaurus
Before class, revisit your basic html (resource 1, resource 2).
October 31 If you haven’t been hacked yet, post a clue on your blog or Twitter to help your hacker out
Week 11 November 4 Workshop day: Analysis paper peer review.
No assigned reading.
November 6 Making an argument effective: audience 2.
No assigned reading.
We’ll also be discussing plans for the rest of the semester
DUE: Analysis paper version 1. (midnight by email; talk to me for paper)
Week 12 November 11 Individual paper conferences – make an appointment
November 13 Intro to Unit 3: “Make”.
Making an argument effective: picking your moment.
DUE: Analysis paper version 2.
Week 13 November 18 Hacking Season ClosesWorkshop day. TOOL: Hack This Site
November 20 Workshop day: Wikipedia.
READ: About Wikipedia (focus on ‘Strengths and Weaknesses’ and ‘Contribute to Wikipedia’).
Before class, please sign up for a Wikipedia account.
Week 14 November 25 Workshop day: Final project peer review.
Last day for Sandbox Hack blog post
November 27 Open Workshop for those still in town — bring anything you want to work on.
DUE: Final project version 1.
Week 15 December 2 Presentations
Mandatory end-of-semester conferences today and Tuesday — come prepared to talk about your final assignments and your portfolio prep.
Last day for blog post responding to being hacked.
December 4 Presentations
Course evaluations.
Farewells!
Post-semester … December 6 Last day of classes university-wide.
DUE: Final project version 2.
December 9 DUE: LR final evaluation. Any last late papers.
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