130: Julia Stiles

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Julia Stiles
I found an old tape of this episode in my family's closet. Check the news section of the forums to see the clip!
Title text: I found an old tape of this episode in my family's closet. Check the news section of the forums to see the clip!

[edit] Explanation

Julia Stiles, who later became a well-known actress as an older teenager and adult, did in fact appear in the children's television show Ghostwriter as a 12-year-old in 1993. The sketch in this comic depicts Stiles as she appeared in the episode, and all the dialogue attributed to her is taken from her character's actual dialogue.

Although this dialogue was supposed to establish Erica (Stiles' character) as an expert on hacking, it actually consists mostly of buzzwords (some of which are fake), none of which would impress an actual computer hacker. The term "console cowboys" is maybe a reference to the book Neuromancer.

The thread in the news section of the forums, as referenced in the title text, can be found here. However, a copy of the video with better audio can be found here.

[edit] Transcript

The best thing ever to appear on TV: 12-year-old Julia Stiles as a hacker in a 1993 episode of PBS's "Ghostwriter"
[A sketch of Julia Stiles, as a 12-year-old, with a bandana over her head, long wavy hair, elbow shirt, wrist band, and pants.]
Julia Stiles: Do you know anything about hackers? Can you jam with the console cowboys in cyberspace? Never experienced the new wave? Next wave? Dream wave? OR cyberpunk?

[edit] Trivia

  • This is a rare comic on xkcd to feature a drawing of a recognizable human being, as opposed to a stick-figure representation of them.

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