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Taking Patton Oswalt Seriously

Recently, Patton Oswalt released a brilliantly written screed about the disintegration of geek culture. I enjoyed it, but I also enjoyed Pop Culture Happy Hour’s in-depth analysis of the piece (via Angie):

It does’t have a place to go, because at the core of this piece, underneath the eloquence, is something that is as old as nerds themselves, which is nerd entitlement. Which is the sentiment of “You are doing it wrong. You do not appreciate this thing in the same way, to the same extent, and for the same reasons that I do. Therefore, you are doing it wrong. And this is an endemic thing to nerd culture. It is a toxic thing, but you can’t get away from it. 

It’s a lengthy discussion, but if you’re at all interested in the nature of geek culture, it’s worth listening to.