Previously I posted my basic argument. Below I am now posting my outline. It’s rough, it’s messy, and it’s continually changing! Any and all feedback is of course welcome 😉

The Paper Outline

  • Introduction – cite jeff’s paper – interaction criticism – use to define “Interaction Criticism”
  • Deep Claim: The match between formal qualities and horizons of the hacker subculture showing why the hacker subculture uses IRC to interact with Botnets.
  • The hacker subculture using IRC to interact with Botnets can be understood using critical theories.
    • Define Critical Theories (Barnard? Specify)
  • Show the HCI community that individual or subculture interpretation is important when it comes to design because designs are used in different ways by different groups of people as shown using visual culture theories.
    • Define Interpretation?
    • Really hit on Hebdige here?
    • Define Horizons (Hebdige or Baxandall? Or someone else? Individual Theory)
    • Define Life-worlds (Hebdige or Baxandall? Or someone else? Individual Theory)
    • Discuss Horizons and Life-worlds
  • Formal qualities of the IRC protocol (as well as IRC clients) can be related to why the medium is used by the hacker subculture (in comparison to hackers using MSN messenger or another IM client).
    • Reintroduce the definition of formal qualities
    • Define style (Whose definition am I using? Structuralism)
    • Discuss form (structuralism)
    • Define and Discuss the formal qualities the IRC Protocol
    • Discuss expressionist theory in relation to why creators used the formal qualities that exist?
    • Define and Discuss the formal qualities commonly popular IRC clients
      • mIRC
        • http://www.mirc.com/
        • GUI
        • colored background (default)
        • list of available IRC networks already (creator/expressionist)
      • irssi
        • http://www.irssi.org/
        • command line based
        • UNIX/LINUX/Through SSH
        • list /commands
        • Allowing customization by Perl scripts
          • “Perl is one of the most used programming languages around the globe and integrating Perl into applications means flexible and powerful scripting capabilities. The entire behavior and appearence of Irssi can be modified within these Perl scripts. Irssi provides a script archive with many contributed Irssi scripts which provide both useful extra features and the required assistance to make your own scripts.” (http://www.irssi.org/about)
    • Discuss that IRC was created the way it was created (protocol and client) intentionally. It wasn’t by mistake or just out of the blue, the creators created the protocol and client with the qualities in mind that exist in it today.
  • Life worlds and horizons of different people or communities can be used to understand hackers interacting with IRC and Botnets (specifically using Baxandall’s three respects, but also drawing upon Hebdige and other theories).
    • Define and Discuss UNIX (Common)
    • Do an analytic understanding of UNIX, the environment and then apply it to hackers using IRC to interact with Botnets.
    • Link UNIX as a horizon/lifeworld relation as a REASON why hackers would use IRC (because of lots of computer experience and being introduced to “other” systems aka UNIX/Linux)
  • Incorporating my own experiences using IRC and the reasons I’ve used IRC over other IM clients, specifically why and with whom I’ve used the medium with.
    • Discuss how I’ve used IRC in the context of chatting with “hackers”
    • Discuss how I’ve used IRC in the context of creating my own Bot (NOT BOTNET!)
    • Discuss how I’ve used IRC in the context of downloading files?
    • Define SSL and darknets?
      • Discuss SSL and possibly darknets?
  • Incorporate Marxist Theories? Social Aspect?
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