Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Cyber Warfare: Underlying Themes

Frame XIII have decided to move forward with our cyber hacking idea for the 1970-2000 communication age. So in turn the themes have to be analysed around hackers and how they fit into society or better yet how they try to separate themselves from society; "Most are also relatively individualistic and anti-conformist." (The Jargon File,

Hackers are usually seen vile criminals that rank amongst murderers and other sort of top class outlaws. In a general sense of right and wrong this can be seen as true as hackers usually cause trouble for individuals or even companies, ranging from misdemeanour crimes to full on invasion of someones personal life.
The odd truth behind the hackers psyche is in fact knowledge. "The most obvious common ‘personality’ characteristics of hackers are high intelligence, consuming curiosity, and facility with intellectual abstractions." (The Jargon File)
They seek to improve their talents and challenge themselves with new hacking tasks, sometimes resulting in innocent people having their lives troubled in the process. 

In a sense the same can apply to a really strong person with the knowledge to fight anyone. He may choose to refine his skills without involving the outside world or he may decide that his power will let him be superior to everyone else and fight on the streets.
The hacker, instead of muscles, uses his brain. An expert hacker will normally be a highly intelligent person, whom outside of his hacking practises, will partake in other mentally stimulating interests or jobs. Like the strong muscle man, the hacker also knows he has the ability to be dominate over the rest of mankind, over the internet; whether he chooses to use his skills to cause havoc for others or just to further his knowledge is another question.

The main theme in our animation is the idea that the hacker can be anyone of us, with the knowledge and potential to ruin someones life with the push of a button, and that this has only become possible through the push of technology and communication.

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