History shows why geeks will never, ever, ever...get along

www.theregister.co.uk | 11/10/2017 | Staff
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Register Lecture You know that geeks tend to atomise into warring camps, exchanging flames, tweets and worse. But did you know that real live academics have studied this phenomena?

Well we did, which is why Brian Alleyne of Goldsmiths, University of London joined us recently to explain how geek and hacker culture tends to fracture into techno-tribalism. There’s even a word for this evolution of minor disagreements into all out flame wars - schismogenesis.

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Just as importantly, Brian discussed how this has shaped our understanding of the tech history, for better or worse. For example, are the roots of tech really epitomised in the Gates v Jobs v/& Wozniak rivalry? Or is that narrative down to techno-tribalism allied to a particularly American, individualist view of history?

This all made for a fascinating evening...
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