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Angry Nerd Declares The End of Geekery

  • Wired, Wednesday, December 29, 2010 1:35 PM
"Wake up, Geek Culture. time to die," proclaims comedian Patton Oswald in Wired. He prefaces his rant by saying he's not a nerd, but was one "back 30 years ago when nerd meant something." To Oswalt, this is the year in review, as he recounts how the culture has shifted forever off its access and geeky obsession (in proper nerd fashion he uses an obscure Japanese word to describe this obsession, "otaku") has hit the main stream. "There are no more hidden thought-palaces -- they're easily accessed websites, or Facebook pages with thousands of fans," he says.

"The problem with the Internet is that it lets anyone become otaku about anything instantly... it sounds great, but there's a danger: Everything we have today that's cool comes from someone wanting more of something they loved in the past."



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