The pandemic has called for innovation in our event formats. In that spirit, I’m pleased that ESC has secured the exhibition rights for the terrible / wonderful / cult classic thriller “Hackers” as a part of our effort to build the community at Michigan interested in ethics, society, and computing. Please join us next Thursday for a shared watch party on Zoom. I’d expect some running commentary on the chat channel, and ESC-themed prizes will be up for grabs as we play Hackers bingo. We hope you will pick your own hacker alias for the evening (think “Crash Override,” “Cereal Killer,” and “Acid Burn”).
Come back to 1995 and help us understand how people then thought the Internet worked! Starring a young Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie, the official movie description from United Artists is: “When an evil corporate programmer frames a group of teenaged hackers for his own plot, they must use their coding skills to avoid arrest and prevent a computer virus from capsizing a fleet of oil tankers.” Movie critics called the film “ridiculous,” “too cheesy,” “cornball,” “dopey,” “bombastic,” and “horrible.” But also “cutting edge,” “fun,” “engaging,” and “one of the most underrated gems to have come out of the 1990s.”
Anyone with a UM login is welcome. Invite your friends — please feel free to forward this email as appropriate.
WHO: Anyone with a UM login, anyone interested in ESC topics / cheesy movies
WHAT: An online Zoom watch party for the movie Hackers (1995)
WHEN: February 17, 2022 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET
WHERE: On Zoom
HOW: URL posted on this page before the event: https://esc.umich.edu/event/esc-watch-party-hackers/ — please pick your own hacker alias for the evening