hacker images

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Hacker Images are deliberately stereotypical staged photos of “hackers” with various aspects like darkness, zeroes and ones, one or more people wearing dark hoodies and/or sunglasses, lit only by their screens, and used in at least one article about the IndieWeb.

Hacker images Flickr prank

In the early 2010s, such a deliberately staged photo set https://www.flickr.com/groups/hacker-images/pool/ was placed on Flickr with a permissive license to see if news media would use them in articles, which they subsequently did, not knowing that the images were placed there deliberately for them to find and use.

E.g. this article:

Slate covered the "prank" itself:

Shutterstock hacker images

Subsequently there have been other similar images in the media, e.g. Shutterstock image used in these articles:

stereotypical hacker wearing a hoodie with a foreground and background of 1s and 0s overlaid on top

Other Examples

Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg wearing a black hoodie

Jesse Eisenberg playing Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, in the movie "The Social Network"

Articles about hacker images

Articles about the phenomenon of stereotypical hacker images and stock photos:

(each of these also has even more over the top exaggerated photos to make their point)

See Also