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Geek Political Narrative

  • Brian Alleyne
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Abstract

Political issues are ever present in geek culture even though many geeks claim to be outside politics and concerned mainly with technology, which many geeks claim is politically neutral. There is a strong streak of libertarian individualism in geek culture—especially in the USA—that is suspicious of traditional forms of political expression and organisation, whether on the Left or the Right. This chapter draws together many of the themes and narrative forms from the stories examined in previous chapters. This chapter outlines three political perspectives that are influential in geek culture: cyber-utopianism, techno-libertarianism, and techno-anarchism; examines the distinctive narrative strategies that are associated with each perspective; and looks at how geek stories use these to try to resolve tensions around democracy and meritocracy.

Keywords

Politics Cyber-utopianism Techno-libertarianism Techno-anarchism 

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  • Brian Alleyne
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyGoldsmiths, University of LondonLondonUK

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