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September 21, 2014

Not Comics: NYT Mini-Essay On Triumph Of Geek Culture

I missed this short essay by Fredrik deBoer about the grievance aspect of geek culture, and his argument that as it's the dominant force in popular culture a new way of looking at those things might be useful. I have a hard time even caring about these sorts of issues these days. I don't know if that's a function of age or my own particular background or what.

My view growing up was that victimization had very little to do with the content of geek culture than it did with folks latching onto anything anyone might find embarrassing in a way that could be used to demean them -- and that was in the 1980s, supposedly a dark age for people that were into fantasy culture in all of its various permutations and related areas. The lines are blurred, too. I guess it is sort of interesting how those forces are tweaked into order to sell that material now, the idea that you're somehow a connoiseur for liking something a certain way that in some form is everywhere. I'm also interested in the depth of devotion people have for things I feel don't have a lot to offer in terms of an artistic experience. Mostly, though, I just want to explore my own interests.

Alyssa Rosenberg weighs in here.
posted 11:45 pm PST | Permalink

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