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Junior Contributor I
Are Geeky Topics Becoming More Unifying or Divisive?
As a child and all the way up through high school, I found that geeky subjects were usually a great way to get one’s self alienated from the group at large. As I get older, of course the internet has changed much of the way that people can socialize with each other, and so while there are now larger communities for geeky topics, I also find that some of these communities appear hostile to newcomers or even defaulting into the, ‘You’re only a true fan of X if…’
When I was younger, I thought geeky subjects were a great unifier, but today I’m not so sure. Do you think anything has changed in the past forty years, and if so, do you think geeky topics unify or divide people?