Hacker Stock Photo Art

Boing Boing has a brilliant collection/dissection of the stock photography used when news websites attempt to report on “hacking” and cybercrime. Strained visual metaphors abound, and the usual suspects include disembodied hands that try to strangle you through the internet, cyber-ninja hackers, and bad teens who keep their sweatshirt hood up even though they are indoors sitting at a computer:

The color of the glow of monitor light is semiotically significant. White light, resulting in natural tones, is for victims and security experts. Blue-bathed hackers are thieves. Green-tinted hackers are exploring The Matrix. Red glows are for evil hackers, especially cyber-bullies.


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  • Anonymous

    I just paid $23.86 for an iPad2-32GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $37.75 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 42 inch LED TV to my boss for $665 which only cost me $61.79 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, GrabPenny.com

  • Old Soul

    Propaganda and mental conditioning in the media!? Say it isn’t so!

  • Anarchy Pony

    Propaganda and mental conditioning in the media!? Say it isn’t so!

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