Undermining the geek identity

Geeks, or more specifically hackers1, used to treat their craft as a source of meaning2, going contrary to the normative values likes “sex, money, and social approval”. In modern times, where “tech” provides financially stable careers to plenty, this dynamic has somewhat reversed among a growing group of people. It has become fashionable to undermine one’s geek interests, so as to normalize what’s already “normal” (for example, The Familial Cave) outside tech.

Why the desire to normalize at all? Does it not go against the much touted, but rarely followed, value of “diversity”?

  1. See How To Become A Hacker

  2. Or more generally, as their ikigai.

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