Word Watch: Hacker

Friday, April 13, 2012


The past year we've heard stories about hacking, from The News of the World scandal to the exploits of groups like Anonymous and Lulzsec. But the way the media uses the word 'hack' diverges sharply from the way it's used by actual hackers. On the Media Producer Alex Goldman explores the history of the word and how its meaning has shifted over time in a story that originally aired in September of 2011. 



Gabriella Coleman, Steven Levy, Danny O'Brien and Adam Penenberg

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Alex Goldman

Comments [3]

Brendan Keefe from NY

Oops. Sorry. Forgot HTML wasn't allowed in the comments. This should auto-linkify, though:


Apr. 22 2012 05:46 PM
Brendan Keefe from NY

It would be nice to provide <a href="http://www.onthemedia.org/blogs/on-the-media/2012/apr/11/otm-explainer-chris-asks-alex-about-computer-fraud-and-abuse-act/">a link to the explainer</a>, in the show notes, that Bob mentioned at the end of this piece.

I hope that's the right one.

Apr. 22 2012 05:44 PM
Gene De Lisa from 08033

I was ready to cringe and was already armed with my "yeah, but"s.
But surprisingly, he covered everything.

Apr. 16 2012 05:35 AM

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