February 17, 2004

The Broken

So I've recently been playing a fair bit with BitTorrent and I noticed a torrent for a new episode of The Broken a video hacker zine.

It's been almost 20 years since I did the community access video thing, but, damn, these guys really put out a professional looking product. A suspiciously professional-looking product, in fact. It's fun and funny, but it's softcore hacking at best. Subversion Lite. They don't say much that's actually controvertial or give any instructions that are likely to get them in trouble, and they bleep out the swear words. It seems almost like an audition tape for TechTV. If it is, it's a great audition tape. If it's not, maybe it's a TechTV plant (or some other major organization), getting street cred before these guys are miraculously hired and given their own show. Or maybe it's Fox testing out BitTorrent for scalability as a content delivery system. Maybe it's even just these guys actually doing this on their own, but they've been so indoctrinated by TV that their stuff looks like it should be fake (in which case I suggest they drop the half-hour format and the Screen Savers framing devices and hax0r the whole idea of a TV show).

Regardless, it's clever, well-made and I was entertained.

Posted by mikek at February 17, 2004 11:09 PM | TrackBack

"It seems almost like an audition tape for TechTV"

Kevin Rose from "The Broken" is on Tech TV. :-D
The Broken rocks.

Posted by: Aaron at April 13, 2004 11:40 PM

Kevin Rose from The Screen Savers on TechTV (I will never call it G4). The Broken is a good beginning for what it is, would be nice to see it on TechTV (yeah, uh huh, right) but doubt it'll be there due to the backstabbing nature of Comcast, just glad they decided to keep TechTV the way it was for the most part in way of shows. I hate the fact that techtv.com pretty much erased and g4techtv.com is one of the crappiest sites I've seen. GET A ***KING Clue Comcast!

Posted by: Anonymous Coward at June 19, 2004 09:19 AM

I agree with Anonymous Coward. I will never call it G4. The day I heard Comcast bought TechTV, I shed a tear. I felt like I had to do something to stop it, but it turned out that I was a little short the cash to buy TTV off of Comcast. DAMN YOU G4!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Space Bull at July 9, 2004 06:41 AM
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