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Geek Chic: The Ultimate Guide to Geek Culture

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A book by Neil Feineman

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Author: Neil Feineman
Publisher: Gingko Press
1 review about Geek Chic: The Ultimate Guide to Geek Culture

What was geek is now mainstream

  • Apr 18, 2010
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+3
As a longtime teacher of mathematics and computer science, a dedicated computer programmer and editor of a math journal, I fit the definition of a geek. While I certainly have found a great deal of pleasure in using some of the devices depicted and watching some of the movies discussed, in my opinion the contents describe what the majority of the people do rather than just the technical subset.

Movies such as "The Terminator" and "Star Wars", video games such as "Pac-Man" and "Space Invaders", television shows such as "The Simpsons" and "Star Trek" are popular because they appealed to many groups, not just the geeks. Feineman gives short descriptions of many points that may have started as a point of geek culture, such as the origin of the personal computer, but later spread to become a fundamental part of modern life.

Nevertheless, this book contains many interesting and brief points about the role of the oddballs and unusual beings that have been a part of what was at least sometimes part of the geek culture. Some still are, but many are now fundamentally within the mainstream. One would hardly describe the modern teenager addicted to her cell phone as a geek.

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August 04, 2010
i think being technical in certain things has always been mainstream, but what things those are change over the years. in the 50s it was cars, in the 70s it was stereos, in the 00s it was mobile technology.
 
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