Hacktivists or Cyberterrorists? The Changing Media Discourse on Hacking

Sandor Vegh


This paper scrutinizes the language of government reports and news media sources to shed light on their role in forming a negative image of politically motivated hacking in general, and online political activism, in particular. It is argued that the mass media's portrayal of hacking conveniently fits the elite's strategy to form a popular consensus in a way that supports the elite's crusade under different pretexts to eradicate hacking, an activity that may potentially threaten the dominant order.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v7i10.998

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