IT Pros’ Struggle for Respect Mirrored in Hollywood

This winter, a strike by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) put a stranglehold on the production of new TV shows and movies. The WGA’s beef is that while the sale of big- and small-screen entertainment has become increasingly lucrative though online and DVD sales, the writers who create the ideas behind such content have not been compensated in kind.

While the WGA strike is a serious issue, causing layoffs in production-oriented jobs and a shortened season of “Heroes,” it also inspires the fanboy fantasies of me, a professional writer. The situation puts me in mind of the scabs of the 1987 NFL players’ strike, where amateur players who never would have had a shot of playing in the league otherwise were suddenly thrust into starting positions. I can’t help but daydream about what it’d be like if a bus showed up at our building to take the CertMag writing staff off to Los Angeles to write episodes of “Battlestar Galactica” or “Lost.”

Pretty far-fetched, I realize, but, hey, if it did happen, it might mean a more accurate depiction of the IT professional than the standard Hollywood version. With that, I offer the top three most memorable IT characters in television and movies, in no particular order.

1. Dennis Nedry, "Jurassic Park", 1993

Played as a Newman-esque weasel, Wayne Knight’s character single-handedly crashes the Jurassic Park security system, causing dinosaurs to run amok on a murderous rampage. This shows not only the power of his position,…


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