Monday, March 08, 2004

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth

In the wake of the success of the Lord of the Rings movies, British geek Sandy Starr reflects on what this might mean for the wider culture. “But enjoyable though it is, even an incorrigible geek such as myself has to confess that the mainstreaming of geekdom is far from a healthy phenomenon.” (Spiked). Interesting and unsatisfying. Escapism is not the end-all of science fiction and fantasy. And even if it were, one might refer her to the comments of Tolkien and Pratchett that it all depends on what you’re trying to escape from. Almost it sounds like she’s got an introvert version of Stockholm syndrome or has internalized the values of an extrovert-driven culture.

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