Codepunk 058 Hackers (The Movie)

by Bill Ahern on

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The movie Hackers has been referenced enough on Codepunk that we decided to do a full show on the film. In this episode, we discuss the movie in the context of the mid-90's era it debuted, including what it got right, what it got wrong, and some Easter eggs along the way. Why has the film continued to resonate despite it's obvious goofiness? What did the transition of the 80's to the 90's as computers turned more mainstream mean for a society that misunderstood them and a youth that was gaining proficiency with them? We look at the film through the lens of both entertainment and cultural norms to debate merit, hacker handles, and skateboards versus roller blades.