To be honest, I’ve been sitting on this link for a few days and don’t really know what to do about it. One the one hand, Patton Oswalt’s geek credentials don’t really need to be questioned or justified. So when he says that the internet has effectively killed geek culture (the kind he’s nostalgic for from his childhood) and that it’s time for something new, one must take notice. But, I can’t help but picture Patton Oswalt shaking his fist and compelling the damn kids to get off his lawn. It’s perplexing and a bit unnerving.
So go and read his essay, it’s thought provoking and, like I said, I’m still trying to digest it. But I don’t think he’s right with the implication that geek culture has become mainstream/pop culture. And the only reason I feel that way is I just had breakfast with a few friends and had to explain to them what 4Chan and Gawker Media were. They had no idea. The internet, and those that are addicted to it, have created a weird echo chamber that most normal/healthy people can’t be bothered with. Yeah, the internet is full of geek culture, but I can’t really take anyone seriously who complains about that or thinks it needs to be killed.