Mr. Robot

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{P}erhaps you are one of a few people who at a certain point in your uneventful life you received an anonymous call or email from an unknown person claiming that they know what you have been up to as far as your online activity is concerned or in your other affairs that in one way or the other, somehow, connect to the information highway. If you have been around that corner before you will know that the thought of it raises hair you never knew you had on your backside

It is as if you have been hit by a blast of X-ray, exposing the corners of your innermost secret bits to, who knows who? It is the stuff that leads to suicidal tendencies, especially if you know that you are not squeaky clean and you are jiggling in the palm of a stranger out there…who is clean at this point in human evolution where we are hacking each other? Even the very person who is threatening you at that time will have his own clinging bag of nasty stuff including the torment they’ve just hurled in front of the door of your conscience

Rami Malek is Elliot Anderson in Mr. Robot Image source: http://www.addic7ed.com/images/showimages/mr-robot-banner.jpg
Rami Malek is Elliot Anderson in Mr. Robot Image source: http://www.addic7ed.com/images/showimages/mr-robot-banner.jpg

 »Perhaps we should now start to think of privacy as something hovering at the edge of extinction because of a jagged world we find our selves living in¶


Sam Esmail’s Mr. Robot is airily tormenting, creepy and thought pricking. It is a psychological tour de force. An autopsy of what I have just jotted above. Perhaps finally we will get to grips with the kinds of mental conditions that Cyber Warriors (this is just another cool name for hackers) live with. Rami Malek, wide-eyed with a soft speech rhythm, convincingly stars as Eliot Anderson, a cyber security engineer, who works for Allsafe. He suffers from a social anxiety disorder. Don’t be fooled by his geek appearance minus the glasses, Eliot leads another life, that of a vigilante who in cyberspace fights to right the wrongs of the world by hacking bad guys and using the nasty bits of information gathered against them. It was Paul Virilio who, in the last decades of the last century, pointed out that the next currency is information, actually he equated it to energy – information energy. Perhaps we should now start to think of privacy as something hovering at the edge of extinction because of jagged world we find our selves living in, a world a button touch (¡click!) away. It will really be interesting to see where this series has takes us. For now we give the pilot episode 3 dEF’Points out of five. We are watching

Late Winter

07 August

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