Back in our day, coders were either tinkering nebbishes, family members incapable of human connection, or methed-out goths wearing unfortunate facial hair and flowing trenchcoats.
With the popularity of Watch Dogs, Halt and Catch Fire, Silicon Valley, and their ilk, Leland and Paul discuss the rise of the coder as a hip cultural figure — rebel hackers, iconoclastic visionaries, and brogrammer entrepreneurs. How did people staring at a terminal embody the most relevant cultural figures of our time? And do pop culture portrayals of rebel hackers bear any resemblance to reality?
- Watch Dogs
- Deus Ex
- Halt and Catch Fire
- Silicon Valley
- The Social Network
- Arrested Development season 4
- FakeBlock app
- CNN: In tech, some bemoan the rise of ‘brogrammer’ culture
- Mother Jones: “Gangbang Interviews” and “Bikini Shots”: Silicon Valley’s Brogrammer Problem
- Mashable: Will.I.Am Says Coders Are Today’s Rock Stars
- Tech Times: Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel turns red because of old sleazy, frat emails
- Magic: the Gathering – Magical Hacker
- Journalist Nate Thayer: Is a freelance journalism career a Sisyphean delusion?
- YouTube: The Office – That’s What She Said Montage
Paul and Leland both recommend:
- EGAD! The Theme recorded by our own Paul M. Davis
- “Song for Hackers and Crackers” by ZEARLE
- “Download” by Li’l Kim featuring T-Pain and Charlie Wilson
- “Internet Goin’ Nutz” by Paul Wall