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Envisioning computer retail in post-Soviet Russia

by Critical Commons Manager

After the end of the Soviet era but before the shock-therapy westernization of the Russian economy, personal computers were only available from drab retailers, as seen through the Cold War-inflected lenses of the James Bond franchise. As in The Net, which was released the same year, chat rooms in Golden Eye offer an always-on, synchronous, text-based community for computer hackers on both sides of the good/evil binary.

Post-Soviet computer retailer in St. Petersburg as internet cafe

A Russian computer hacker goes to an IBM computer store in St. Petersburg to send an e-mail

from GoldenEye (1995)
Creator: Martin Campbell
Posted by Critical Commons Manager