Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture

Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture

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by Stephen H. Segal
     
 

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THE GEEKS HAVE INHERITED THE EARTH.

Computer nerds are our titans of industry; comic-book superheroes are our Hollywood idols; the Internet is our night on the town. Clearly, geeks know something about life in the 21st century that other folks don’t—something we all can learn from. Geek Wisdom takes as gospel some 200 of the most powerful and

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THE GEEKS HAVE INHERITED THE EARTH.

Computer nerds are our titans of industry; comic-book superheroes are our Hollywood idols; the Internet is our night on the town. Clearly, geeks know something about life in the 21st century that other folks don’t—something we all can learn from. Geek Wisdom takes as gospel some 200 of the most powerful and oft-cited quotes from movies (“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads”), television (“Now we know—and knowing is half the battle”), literature (“All that is gold does not glitter”), games, science, the Internet, and more. Now these beloved pearls of modern-day culture have been painstakingly interpreted by a diverse team of hardcore nerds with their imaginations turned up to 11. Yes, this collection of mini-essays is by, for, and about geeks—but it’s just so surprisingly profound, the rest of us would have to be dorks not to read it. So say we all.

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"Very smart looking tome."—Wired.com

“Geek Wisdom proves that insight needn’t come from dusty old tomes and the lips of long-dead philosophers. Maybe C-3P0 isn’t Socrates and The Superfriends aren’t a French Salon, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have anything to teach us.”—Suvudu.com
 
Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teaching of Nerd Culture is not only an invaluable guide into geekdom it's also indispensable if you have to go undercover and penetrate a secret geek society.”—Neatorama.com

“Any good story, religious or not, can be deconstructed to find an underlying message. That’s the unifying theme of Geek Wisdom, which treats pop culture as a form of secular religion, delivering insights on life from talking robots, flying dragons and everything in between.”—PopMatters

“Premise is nothing short of brilliant.”—Florida Times Union

School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Written by several different science aficionados and self-described "geeks," this title attempts to bridge the gap between popular culture and intellectualism, providing several examples and quotes that each of the authors then reflects upon. While many current television shows and video games are discussed, other references are likely to be unfamiliar to most teens. The first-person, informal tone is utterly confusing; it seems to suggest that if readers don't agree with the superfluous statements presented by the authors, they probably just don't get them. Several of the editorial footnotes included at the bottom of each entry are amusing, however, and provide several fun facts about geeky things that many well-versed nerdy readers may be unfamiliar with. While some of this book is amusing for adults in their late 20's or so, teens would most likely lose interest after just a few pages.—Ryan Donovan, New York Public Library

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594745270
Publisher:
Quirk Publishing
Publication date:
08/02/2011
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
544,757
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.32(h) x 0.83(d)

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

A Note on Spoilers

I. My Name Is Inigo Montoya
(wisdom about the self)

II. Form Feet and Legs
(wisdom about relationships)

III. We Are All Individuals
(wisdom about humankind)

IV. Knowing Is Half the Battle
(wisdom about conflict)

V. Billions and Billions
(wisdom about the universe)

VI. In the Year 2929
(wisdom about the future)

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