Will The Popularity Of Geekdom Harm Society?

from the it's-everywhere dept

Last week, we wrote about how being a geek was cool. Now, a writer for Salon is wondering if mainstream geek coolness is bad for society. While pointing out all the obvious non-geek, non-dork celebrities who claim they're also geeks and dorks, he wonders if the typical geek-motivation will be gone. The idea is that most geeks were outcasts - and the many things created by geeks were a result of that isolation. If being a geek is cool, and geeks get invited to all the cool parties, then the motivation to create crazy new things goes away, and society is at a loss. Someone seems to be worried a little too much by this. As "cool" as geekdom seems these days, there are still plenty of outcasts, and they'll still have the motivation to discover whatever geeky things they discover. Just because some stuff that was once geeky is now cool, it doesn't mean there aren't other geeky pursuits.
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    Ben There, 29 Oct 2003 @ 8:39am

    cool geeks

    Geeks will not get absorbed into the dominant culture, they are too repulsive. They crave isolation, and so will become even more filthy, poorly dressed, and socially inept. They will study even more arcane books from which to derive indecipheral references during conversation, which will be limited due to their poor dental hygene. They will live with their moms until 30 and beyond, and never talk to girls. Don't worry.

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