Hack Heaven By Stephen Glass Analysis

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In todays world, media and journalism has become one of the chief sources of information for the public; but what happens when the information given by these sources cannot be trusted? The Society of Professional Journalist Code of Ethics says that “Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough.” Failure to follow these guidelines leads to problems such as those faced by The New Republic Magazine with writer Stephen Glass. Glass wrote false articles in secrecy that were published in his magazine, which were later unveiled for what they truly were, complete and utter lies. Writers like Stephen Glass often give the public a sense of doubt in the journalistic world and hurt their own…show more content…
In “Hack Heaven” Glass speaks about the amount of high payed hackers beginning to work for the businesses they once preyed on. He says “That’s an awfully nice computer network you got there. It’d be a shame if somebody broke into it…” In saying this Glass touches on the power that people have begun to possess as technology advances. In today’s world, and even the world back then, if one was good with the newest technological advancements, at the time the internet, they had power over others that was almost impossible to take away. This is seen again in “Shattered Glass” when Glass constructs a fake website for his fake company “Jukt Microtics” in order to throw off the people trying to reveal him as a liar. In a conversation between Glass and Penenberg, Penenberg questions Glass when he says “‘Why would a major software company put their website where only AOL members can access it, as opposed to the entire Web?’ ‘I have no idea. I don't have a website so I don't really know that much about them. I would trust you guys to know better than me.’ ‘Okay. Looks like… we have the

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