teh is not hax0r talk, its just a way ppl mispell the word 'the' a lot due to fast typing (poor typing skills).
it has caught on in the online community as a pun on bad spelling.
same with pwned (owned), etc..
its IRC not mIRC.. mIRC is just a windows client to get on IRC.
I use BitchX or scrollZ anyway (unix clients).
but no, IRC is not fuck hackers, although a lot do lurk on there.
IRC is just the chatrooms that were around way before AOL instant messenger or AOL was around.
its live, like AOL chatrooms though, not like forums.