Monday, September 12, 2011

Do We All Want to be Hackers?

I read an interesting article recently about the popularity of the V for Vendetta mask. Evidently, it is the most popular Warner Brothers mask available for sale. More popular than such iconic characters' masks as those from the Batman, Darth Vader or Harry Potter.

Okay, so Alan Moore and David Lloyd's depiction of a disfunctional Britain has been amongst my favorite stories since it first appeared in the pages of Warrior in the '80s. It was a truly groundbreaking story when it was first published and still stands the test of time. It even withstood a pretty pedestrian translation to film and a truly awful record (yes, it was on vinyl). But that's not why the mask is popular, selling 100,000 compared to 5,000 of others.

In no longer pretty cities
There are fingers in the kitties
There are warrants, forms and chitties
And a jackboot on the stair

excerpt from "This Viscous Cabaret" with words by Alan Moore

Perhaps it's word's like this that led the hacker group Anonymous to adopt the mask during their protests. It certainly is a fitting choice. But why would that lead to so many sales?

I guess there must be a lot of wannabee's out there as it's hard to believe that Anonymous is 100,000 strong. The choice of mask, as a long time fan of the book, made me smile. And evidently I'm not the only one as Alan Moore stated in a 2008 interview with Entertainment Weekly, “That pleased me. That gave me a warm little glow.”

Me too. But I still have to ask, on a forum called MacBook Hacker, why so many want to be thought of as hacker's?

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