Hacking Is Generally By A Negative Connotation

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Hacking is generally accompanied by a negative connotation. In this article, however, the reader is subjected to a new definition of hacking, and it is extremely progressive and interesting. In their abstract, authors Gregory Donovan and Cindi Katz state “we focus on these issues through the lens of technological interactions known as ‘hacking,’ wherein people playfully engage computer technologies for the intrinsic pleasure of seeing what they can do” (197). It is clear from this sentence that these authors have a unique outlook on hacking, and as the reader gets farther into the article he or she begins to derive the ultimate goal of the article: to depict hacking not as a negative thing, but rather one of a beneficial, mind-developing learning tool for children to better understand computers and technology that they will be using for their whole lives. The main question which the authors of this article seem to be addressing is “how can computer programming, ‘curious exploration’ (Donovan and Katz 198) of the Internet, avoiding Internet filters or security methods, et cetera, be seen as positive, developmental and acceptable actions for youth who are constantly subjected to technology?” Because young people are generally much more active within their technological environments, Donovan and Katz challenge the lack of freedom and the abundance of surveillance that exists on the Internet, especially after September 11, 2001 (199). They bring into question how youth are and
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