Hacking Rhetoric

Welcome to RHE309K, ‘Rhetoric of Hacking‘!

In this class, we’ll examine public discourse around hacking, hacking as a rhetorical practice and the rhetoric of hacked texts, asking questions like: How do hackers promote, justify and defend their practices? How do critics attack them? And how do hacks themselves act as rhetorical texts?

To answer these questions, we will survey the philosophy and culture of hacking, engage in rhetorical analysis of various hackers and hacked texts, and, ultimately, become hackers ourselves.

This course is being run in Spring 2014 in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing  at the University of Texas at Austin. Read the full course description.

Header image: Daniel Rehn