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Comment: Re:This was 1993 (Score 1) 745

by itscolduphere (#16186337) Attached to: 10 Terrible Portrayals of Technology in Film
My assumptions are that 10-year old girls back in 1993 would not likely have access to UNIX since it was almost entirely only available at universities, government offices and large businesses. Most (actually all) 10 year old kids I ever knew did not have sufficient access to such locations as to be able to become familiar with UNIX. And there was very limited net access back then so learning remotely would be difficult too.

See, your assumption is reasonable in general. Most 10-year-old kids would never have touched a UNIX system, and the chances that a 10-year-old girl would have is even more remote. However, to declare a single 10-year-old girl knowing her way around UNIX as one of the 10 most terrible portrayals of technology in film implies that the very idea that any 10-year-old girl would know anything about UNIX (in 1993, specifically) is ludicrous. Which is bullshit. I suspect that in 1993 there existed multiple 10-year-old girls in the US with some level of UNIX knowledge. Jurassic Park merely implied that the grandaughter of a bazillionaire might be one of them.

It's one thing to say that something is unlikely. Even highly unlikely. But consider the statement made in TFA (which you defend)...

Where on this planet is there a 10 year old girl who knows and can understand UNIX?!?
This moves well beyond what is reasonable and true, and into the realm of bullshit stereotyping. I bet the author of TFA also thinks all blacks are good at basketball.

I mean seriously, to place the very idea of a young girl possibly knowing UNIX at the number two position, above some of the most heinous abuses of technology ever to grace action movies (above, Swordfish, dammit!) shows a level of bias that is sickening.

Is a person who blows up banks an econoclast?

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