Great Job, Internet!: Read this: What Hackers got right about internet culture

By the mid-’90s, pop culture had begun to assimilate concepts of both the internet and hackers. The former was a William Gibsonesque cyberscape of almost-real science fiction, and the latter was imagined as savants armed with mythic abilities to gain access to any computer system. 1995’s Hackers imagined this world, and in superficial ways distilled Hollywood’s inability to realistically capture technology. By trying to transform real technologies and subcultures into something cinematic, authenticity is diluted and the results are awkward and ridiculous. Case in point: Hackers‘ two tag lines are “Their only crime was curiosity” and “Boot up or shut up.” The first slogan is clearly false, and the second tries to sound vaguely computer-ish, while making zero sense.

But why, despite what seems like painfully overwrought depictions of networks, servers, and hacking parties, does Hackers endure as a beloved cult film? In conjunction with How Did …

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