FFR #41: Hackers, Strange Days, and How to Pronounce Ralph Fiennes

In this week’s episode, your favorite radical hacker collective get into the nitty-gritty of 90’s tech paranoia via the 1995 films Hackers and Strange Days. Caro can’t help but admire SD‘s attempt to create compelling a fable for its time; while Ebony and Anita discuss the gendered violence the film doesn’t allow us to look away from. Hackers turned out to be a bit harder to reckon with — not least because Caro couldn’t get past the image of a skateboarding Fisher Stevens; Ebony was tormented by Lorraine Bracco’s befuddled shrieking; and Anita found the film’s technobabble to be long on “cool,” but short on substance.

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Segment Timestamps:

0:00 Intro

1:00 Pop Culture News (including extra bonus convo about Anita’s “hard sf” D&D campaign, a Farscape shout-out, and Caro maybe getting sucked into D&D via dice) Serena Williams and the French Open; the shooting tragedy in Jacksonsville at a Madden esports tournament; and Cyberpunk 2077 and the politics of cyberpunk

15:25 Strange Days and Hackers

16:01 Anita mispronounces “Ralph Fiennes”

47:03 What’s Your Freq Out

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