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How Jack Ryan and Condor show the evolution of spies on TV

Reboots of genre-defining works from the 1970s and the 1980s, the two shows have been updated to better reflect the times we live in.

In the seminal classic The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, John Le Carré wrote agents weren’t aeroplanes that kept a schedule. Today, spies might still not stick to a time-table but human intelligence (HUMINT) is getting overshadowed by secret information via signal intelligence or SIGINT as the bigger threat is due to nonstate actors.

In other words, cyber-espionage is a much bigger deal and, therefore, it’s not surprising that and , currently two of the more popular spy thrillers on television, are primarily data analysts who chance upon something way bigger than job profile.

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