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Y2K Essay | Critical Essay #2

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Critical Essay #2

Poquette has a bachelor of arts degree in English and specializes in writing drama and film. In the following essay, Poquette explores Kopit's manipulation of truth and reality.

Today, as never before, ordinary people can acquire the power to reshape the reality of a person's life—by becoming computer hackers. In Kopit's Y2K, the playwright elevates hacking to an art form, in the process challenging the audience's definition of truth in the digital age.

The nineteen-year-old computer hacker in Y2K, Costa Astrakhan, who is also the play's narrator, addresses the audience early in the play: "With what I know, I can go anywhere, and you can too."

For the duration of the play, Astrakhan demonstrates to the audience exactly how to alter a person's life in cyberspace, using Joseph and Joanne Elliot as his real-life tutorial. By the end of the play, Astrakhan has revised...

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