Hacker Culture / Edition 1

Hacker Culture / Edition 1

by Douglas Thomas
     
 

Douglas Thomas offers an in-depth history of this important and fascinating subculture, contrasting mainstream images of hackers with a detailed firsthand account of the computer underground. Thomas studies novels and films (Neuromancer, WarGames, Hackers, and The Matrix) and reveals contemporary views of hackers as technological wizards, high-tech pranksters, and… See more details below

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Douglas Thomas offers an in-depth history of this important and fascinating subculture, contrasting mainstream images of hackers with a detailed firsthand account of the computer underground. Thomas studies novels and films (Neuromancer, WarGames, Hackers, and The Matrix) and reveals contemporary views of hackers as technological wizards, high-tech pranksters, and virtual criminals. Thomas then examines the court cases of Kevin Mitnick and Chris Lamprecht to determine how hackers are defined as criminals. Thomas finds that popular hacker stereotypes express the public's anxieties about the information age far more than they do the reality of hacking.Douglas Thomas is associate professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816633463
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
05/23/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. IThe Evolution of the Hacker1
1Hacking Culture5
2Hacking as the Performance of Technology: Reading the "Hacker Manifesto"47
3Hacking in the 1990s81
Pt. IIHacking Representation111
4Representing Hacker Culture: Reading Phrack115
5(Not) Hackers: Subculture, Style, and Media Incorporation141
Pt. IIIHacking Law173
6Technology and Punishment: The Juridical Construction of the Hacker177
Epilogue: Kevin Mitnick and Chris Lamprecht220
Notes239
Index251

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