Hacker episode of PBS's Ghostwriter w/Julia Stiles (1993)

"Can you jam with the console cowboys in cyberspace?" Julia Stiles talks cyberpunk in a 1993 episode of the PBS series "Ghostwriter." (Thanks, Frank Drake!)


  1. Wow, I remember that one (and I’ve been wondering for nearly 20 years why Julia Stiles looked so familiar).

    I was 10 but found it pretty insulting even then.

    Ghostwriter was still a good show, though.

  2. GhostWriter! WORD. I always liked that Ghostwriter was an enigma – he was a person once but can’t remember who he was. 

  3. good quality. personally, this video clip is somehow so cheesy that it’s actually painful for me to watch. even worse than some of the “shock sites.”

  4. Maybe this very clip is what holds Julia Stiles back from headlining the current swath of movies. 

    1. That, or her enormous head.

      I still like her anyway, despite the big-brain intimidation factor.

      1. Her head, it throbs rhythmically!

        Honestly, the last time I can remember her being in something it was in the first couple of Bourne movies.

  5. This is my favorite episode of Ghostwriter!  Thanks so much for this unexpected nostalgia trip.

  6. “Styles upon Styles upon Styles is what I haveYou wanna diss the Phifer but you still don’t know the half. . .”

  7. So she referenced Neuromancer on a kids’ show about newspapers in 1993.

    Then 16 years later she penned one of the most ridiculous ledes ever printed in the Wall Street Journal:   “Once again, the Yankees are harshing my mellow…”


    1. the sky above citi field was the color of a television tuned to Bob Ross’s “The Joy of Painting” on PBS, or at least the color of the canvas after he paints the sky but before he adds the mountains.

  8. In 1993 people thought that the internet might be a place where curiosity and imagination gave you power. Then it turned out that what really mattered was having a cute cat that does silly things. 

  9. We walked with our Mondo 2000 folded up in our backpack, played with sequencers on our Amiga 500 and chatted via tymenet in france, and argued the possibility of what actually realized as the arab spring, and even dared to think of creating a country that had no physical space…. and then we got old, and maybe a little pudgy, and we still dreamed.   Hokey, yes, but we still dream that we can make a place where curiosity and the mind can set you free. 

  10. Oh how Julia Stiles yearns for a world where you aren’t judged by how you look. Wut?

    1. Julia Stiles is an actress, not the character she plays.  Those lines were written by someone else.  

      But, perhaps more to the point, as a resident of  Hollyweird, I know quite a few extremely attractive people who are, in fact, quite happy to find places where you aren’t judged by how you look.

      I mean, really – if you wanted to impress someone with your computer hacking skills, would being a cute blonde who looks like Julia Stiles be an asset…or a liability?

      (Outside of TV/movie make-believe, that is?)

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