Blast from the Past: Stop ‘Hacking’ Everything

This post is old, but good (if I don’t say so myself): Can We Please Stop Trying to ‘Hack’ Everything? I’ve seen posts recently about ‘hacking’ language learning (can’t be done, people, so stop trying); ‘hacking’ public school (in this case, it was used a euphemism for acting like a helicopter parent and helping your kid cheat); and ‘hacking’ web development (again, there’s no substitute for just sitting down and actually spending time playing around with programming languages).

This absurd notion of ‘hacking’ represents what is wrong with the young generation in America today: people are unwilling to take responsibility for their actions and put in the hard work and effort required for most endeavors.

I’m so annoyed right now, thinking about all of this. I think I’ll go knit or play violin to calm down.


4 thoughts on “Blast from the Past: Stop ‘Hacking’ Everything

    1. Yes, exactly, thank you SO much! I’m semi-comforted to see that this problem isn’t restricted to the United States. I wasn’t sure if we were the only ones who have turned into lame layabouts!


  1. There are no links, so it’s hard to figure out what the original posts said, but someone is misunderstanding the meaning of ‘hacking’ – it doesn’t mean finding a shortcut (or at least it didn’t mean that). It meant figuring things out by playing with them, experimenting, taking things apart and putting them back together, and potentially building things by exploiting your deep knowledge in unconventional and creative ways. So hacking a language in your example would mean to learn it in some way other than sitting down with a grammar book and vocabulary lists.


    1. Fair enough – I like the proper definition of hacking a lot better. Unfortunately, so many people use hacking in the sense of finding a shortcut, though, and all this laziness of trying to find a shortcut for everything instead of actually doing some hard work gets really old after a while. 😦


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