It is interesting and educational to go back in time and look at how programmers were represented in popular culture. What did they think of us? Did they know who were?
It’s important to remember that prior to 1946 there were no programmers, that computers themselves were virtually unknown until the late ’50s. That virtually nobody lived next door to a programmer back then.
Nowadays virtually everyone in the western world, and even in much of the developing world, is surrounded by computers. And while programming remains a mystery to many, programmers are common neighbors.
So let’s scan the last six decades and watch as the culture changes it’s view of just who we are and what we do.