Portrayed by Gary Cole in Mike Judge's 1999 cult hit 'Office Space,' Initech's bland and non-confrontational Vice President Bill Lumbergh (l.) perfectly captured the soullessness of the modern office. Courtesy of 20th Century Fox/KRT/Newscom/File
Al Pacino portays John Milton, a partner in a New York law firm who also happens to be Satan, in the 1997 film 'The Devil's Advocate.' Monarchy Entertainment/Newscom/File
Some managers try to motivate their workers by brining in doughnuts. Darth Vader opts for choking them with the Force. Lucasfilm/20th Century Fox/Newscom
Alec Baldwin portrays Blake, the vulgar and abusive consultant brought in to motivate the Chicago real estate agents at Mitch and Murray in the 1992 film, 'Glen Garry Glen Ross.' The character was created specifically for Baldwin and did not appear in David Mamet's original play. Newscom/File
Meryl Streep plays Miranda Priestly, the British-born editor-in-chief of Runway magazine, in the 2006 comedy 'The Devil Wears Prada.' Lauren Weisberger, the author of the 2003 novel of the same name once worked as the personal assistant of Anna Wintour the famously demanding editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine.
Film Director: FRANKEL, DAVID ·Year: 2006 ·Stars: STREEP, MERYL Barry Wetcher/20th Century Fox/Newscom
Thought to be based on convicted insider trader Ivan Boesky and corporate raider Carl Icahn, Michael Douglas's corrupt investment banker Gordon Gekko exemplifies the greed and excess of the 1980s and beyond in Oliver Stone's 1987 film 'Wall Street'.' Zuma Press/Newscom/File
Sigourney Weaver plays Melanie Griffith's scheming boss in the 1988 comedy 'Working Girl.' 20th Century Fox/Newscom/File
Dabney Coleman plays the "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" boss of Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda in the 1980 comedy '9 to 5.' Peter French/Zuma Press/Newscom/File
Tim Robbins plays Griffin Mill, a Hollywood studio executive who literally gets away with murder in Robert Altman's 1992 film, 'The Player.' Spelling Films International/Newscom/File
Fred MacMurray played the scheming and adulterous personell manager Jeff D. Sheldrake, who competes with Jack Lemmon's character for the same woman in the 1960 film 'The Apartment.' United Artists/Newscom/File
The hacktivist collective Anonymous has gone through a significant evolution – shifting from Internet pranksters to prominent global activists. Gabriella Coleman explains the often misunderstood Anonymous phenomenon in her book, “Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous.”
A cultural anthropologist and professor at McGill University, Gabriella Coleman first encountered the hacktivist collective Anonymous when she was studying Scientology. The religion was an early target for the loose-knit network of online pranksters and hackers. Over the years, Coleman was able to penetrate the network to gain the trust of some of its most influential figures. Her recent book, "Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous," offers a rare glimpse into their digital universe. Passcode recently spoke with her about the book and some of the common misperceptions about Anonymous. Edited excerpts follow.