IT has been a theme in a range of different media. Often, VPN’s play a role, as characters use them to connect online securely. Occasionally computers are used for comedic effect. Other times they serve more of a sinister purpose, especially in dystopian films.
The IT Crowd
This sitcom is about three workers who handle the IT department of a successful company. In each episode, they get into zany scenarios and meet ridiculous characters. Computing is an integral part of the show. One of the catchphrases is “have you tried turning it off and on?” This is said whenever someone calls because they have a computer problem.
Red Dwarf is set on a space ship, many years in the future. The four main characters spend their time exploring the universe. In one episode, they become stuck inside the artificial reality of a computer game.
In this sci-fi film, an office worker discovers that he is living inside a computer simulation of real life. Once he is freed, he begins a journey to stop an army of robots who have enslaved humanity. The Matrix was a massive success upon its release and is now seen as a classic of the genre.
Two teens manage to break into government cyberspace and use it to create an artificial woman. This movie was set in the ’80s, before services such as VPN providers offered online protection. Their experiment goes out of control and leads to several comedic moments.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction classic follows a team of astronauts on a space mission. Their ship computer uses artificial intelligence called HAL 9000. This software becomes malicious and attempts to kill off the crew. HAL is now considered one of the greatest villains of all time and an archetype of evil computers.