Welcome to the Age of the Nerds?
I like the graphic. I think it accurate to a large degree. Also I agree with the general premise of the author.
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A recent article I read in Wired tells the story of a ship of nerds dubbed “Sea Monkeys” who take yearly cruises in celebration of everything nerdy and geeky. The author of the piece, a self-certified nerd, feels some discomfort with the proceedings. I’ll let you read it and parse those for yourself, but the one that struck me most was the not-so-simple question of what exactly is being celebrated. Wil Wheaton, who I of course really like, was aboard and apparently made clear his basic distrust of media, demanding that the reporter, “Get our culture right.” So a companion question to “What is being celebrated here?” might be, “What exactly is ‘nerd culture?'” And why, if it is worth celebrating in the first place, is it’s mention tinged with such bitterness even from those that espouse it?
Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away…
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