Hacking: Digital Media and Technological Determinism


Hacking provides an introduction to the community of hackers and an analysis of the meaning of hacking in twenty-first century societies.

On the one hand, hackers infect the computers of the world, entering where they are not invited, taking over not just individual workstations but whole networks. On the other, hackers write the software that fuels the Internet, from the most popular web programs to software fundamental to the Internet's existence. Beginning from an analysis of these two main types of hackers, categorized as crackers and Free Software/Open Source respectively, Tim Jordan gives the reader insight into the varied identities of hackers