(Talksauce is the Friday editorial where Tapsauce editor-in-chief Jacob Hall talks about something that’s on his mind. His brutally honest opinions don’t represent the views of Rocksauce Studios, but hopefully they’ll give you some food for thought!)
About a year and a half ago, comedian Patton Oswalt wrote an article for Wired where he declared Geek Culture dead. Naturally, the citizens of the Geek Kingdom (AKA, a significant portion of the entire internet) were none too happy with their way of life being called out in such a way and the article became a subject of debate across the online world for about a week, which, in the sped-up universe of the internet, is the equivalent of six months in the real world. However, many people who railed against the article seemed to miss Oswalt’s point, which wasn’t “Geek Culture is dumb and bad and deserves to die” but rather “Geek Culture has officially become mainstream culture.”
Although Oswalt’s piece was more directly tied to comic books, science fiction and other geek staples, the same can be applied to technology as a whole. Decades ago, computers were used — and understood — by a select few, mainly a handful of nerds. Now, they’re literally everywhere, being used by toddlers, senior citizens and everyone in-between. Loving and understanding the technology in your pocket is an everyday act of pride. Geeks were ahead of the curve on just about everything relevant in modern culture. The world is literally at our fingertips.
With that said, is all of this new technology making us all dumber?
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