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    EPISODE 124 - Hackers

    I guess I'd find it funnier if myself and several of my teenage friends hadn't been literally arrested (admittedly without the ass shot and the towel) in our own homes by armed law enforcement. This was because the police couldn't tell the difference between dumb kids playing with computers and domestic terrorists. Several non-violent hackers did serious time and were made examples of, like Kevin Mitnick, whose crimes were GROSSLY exaggerated by the mainstream media, claiming he had access to nuclear missiles etc. Bernie S (Ed Cummings) did time for "possession of technology which could be used in a fraudulent manner" rather than a real crime. One day it will be illegal to possess the Anarchist's Cookbook, which is mostly just an excuse for kids to try to smoke banana peels. This film depicts hackers as the heroes against corporate greed and the scapegoats of government idiocy, so it deserves credit for that. CK
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    EPISODE 124 - Hackers

    You guys are missing the point repeatedly in this episode. "Hackers" comedically stylizes the look of hacking and the culture, but it actually captures the subjective thrill and subjective experience of hacking VERY ACCURATELY. This film is very well structured and shot, not at all like some of the truly bad films you cover. Isn't it possible that it was intended as a stylized expression, not as a true representation of the interest or of the methods of hacking? You make fun of hackers and act like they are evil criminals, when it is actually the U.S. government that breaks its own laws to spy on you. Why make fun of the concept of a 12 year old hacker? What were YOU guys doing at age 12? I was breaking into computer systems because people made fun of me in real life-- just like you guys make fun of the hackers in the movie. Here's some really young hackers in real life: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristoffer_von_Hassel When the Plague gives his speech about "We are Samurai... the Keyboard Cowboys..." the film is clearly making fun of him and showing how he's a delusional loser- a black hat hacker (rather than a non-malicious white hat). This is NOT the ethos professed by hackers. The true "hacker manifesto" from The Mentor in 1986 IS shown in the film: The full text is here: http://www.phrack.org/issues/7/3.html Also, why are you making fun of Angelina Jolie's outfit and haircut? She is literally one of the sexiest, hottest characters ever depicted in film, certainly for my generation. You can trivialize the style but if it makes her sexy then you are the ones in the wrong. Why make fun of "gender fluidity" in the movie? A lot of hackers are marginalized in real life for being different. Stop making fun of them. Whatever, I can take a joke and I love making fun of bad movies but you guys missed the point -- you can joke about anything but the jokes would be funnier if you understood the movie you were making fun of. CK
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