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Turning the function of an innocent system into paranoia. - The Autobiography of Russell
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Turning the function of an innocent system into paranoia.
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sisyphus238 From: sisyphus238 Date: January 26th, 2014 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm guessing you watch very little to no television. Currently, there are about 3 shows on the air that base much of their plot lines on just this kind, (and more sophisticated forms), of tech.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: January 26th, 2014 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, pretty much. I don't have any cable subscriptions and I tend to watch Netflix more when I'm sick than any other time by far (as in almost no watching if I'm not sick).

In TV and Movies technology is often used as a magic plot device. Something most viewers won't understand what is or isn't feasible and so the writers and actors can get away with pretty much anything that sounds technobabble enough. Like unobtainium. I saw a tumblr of screenshots of movies which displayed supposed 'hacking' in progress. The thing that struck me as the most interesting about that was ones where it was just source code for some open source project (like the C compiler itself) flying by. *shrugs*

As more revelations about our own government happen it seems like we never really had to worry about individuals or mafia groups doing this, and more about our own government. *shakes head* yep.
sisyphus238 From: sisyphus238 Date: January 26th, 2014 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
The show that comes most to mind with regard to all of this is "Person of Interest" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1839578/). Though fairly far-fetched, it's not all that far removed from what the NSA is up to.
I suspect you're not unlike a friend of mine who has a similar programming background to yours, and has no interest in seeing the movie "Her", because he's afraid that the basis of the plot will be so far-removed from what operating systems actually are, that he wouldn't be able to accept the premise, and so wouldn't enjoy the film.

Edited at 2014-01-26 10:10 pm (UTC)
zimzat From: zimzat Date: January 26th, 2014 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
The name of that show rings a bell but I don't think I've seen any of it yet. The synopsis looks mildly interesting, though also a little scary in the context of current surveillance activities.

I can disconnect myself from reality fairly well when it comes to watching movies. "non-canon" comic book movies and shows don't bother me, and so forth. I treat each of them as their own entity and try not to assume too much about how things "should" be.
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