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Age of the geek : depictions of nerds and geeks in popular media

Author: Kathryn E Lane
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]
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This collection examines the nerd and/or geek stereotype in popular culture today. Utilizing the media--film, TV, YouTube, Twitter, fiction--that often defines daily lives, the contributors interrogate what it means to be labeled a "nerd" or "geek." While the nerd/geek that is so easily recognized now is assuredly a twenty-first century construct, an examination of the terms' history brings a greater understanding  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Lane, Kathryn E.
Age of the Geek : Depictions of Nerds and Geeks in Popular Media.
Cham : Springer International Publishing, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kathryn E Lane
ISBN: 9783319657448 3319657445
OCLC Number: 1009181167
Description: 1 online resource (305 pages)
Contents: ""Preface""; ""Contents""; ""Editor and Contributors""; ""Chapter 1 How Was the Nerd or Geek Born? ""; ""Bibliography""; ""Part I What Did You Call Me?: Defining Geekdom""; ""Chapter 2 A Nerd, a Geek, and a Hipster Walk into a Bar ""; ""I Am a Nerd (Just Not That Kind?)""; ""The D4""; ""Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?""; ""You Say That, Like It's a Bad Thing""; ""6F6273657373696F6E0D0A (Obsession)""; ""Studying Never Stops""; ""Oversharing""; ""Mimicry""; ""The Spectrum""; ""Geek vs Nerd (Round 1)""; ""Geek vs Nerd (Round 2)""; ""Social Lubrication and Niche Populations""; ""Green"" ""10 Forward""""Socially Awkward, Party of One""; ""Beards, Scarves, and Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)""; ""Identity on My Sleeves, or Why Hipsters Ruin Everything""; ""Costume Pieces""; ""Gift Wrap""; ""Thou Shall Not Covet Thy Neighbors' Social Acceptance""; ""A Little Too Ironic?""; ""Bibliography""; ""Chapter 3 Mediagasms, Ironic Nerds, and Mainstream Geeks: A Multimethodological Ideographic Cluster Analysis of and on Twitter ""; ""Ideographs""; "" Versus : A Diachrony""; ""Twitter and Method""; ""Analyses""; ""Chi-Square Results"" ""Ideographic Cluster Co-occurrence Analysis Results""""Media-Related Slippage""; ""Conclusion""; ""Bibliography""; ""Chapter 4 Changing Faces: Exploring Depictions of Geeks in Various Texts ""; ""Bibliography""; ""Part II In or Out?: Defending Nerddom""; ""Chapter 5 Geek Metafiction: Nerds, Footnotes, and Intertextuality ""; ""A Working Definition""; ""Super Nerds and Secret Geeks""; ""On Footnotes and Beyond""; ""Intertextuality as Hypertext and Hypertext as Intertextuality""; ""Post-Apocalyptic""; ""Bibliography"" ""Chapter 6 Ich Bin Ein Nerd!: Geek Identity in Insider and Outsider Media """"Bibliography""; ""Chapter 7 Geek Is the New Jock: The Relationship Between Geek Culture and Sports ""; ""Bibliography""; ""Chapter 8 Geeking Out and Hulking Out: Toward an Understanding of Marvel Fan Communities ""; ""Bibliography""; ""Part III I Saw It on TV: Depictions of Other Nerd/Geek Stereotypes on Television""; ""Chapter 9 How Is It Okay to Be a Black Nerd? ""; ""Bibliography""; ""Chapter 10 That Geek Look: Beauty and the Female Geek Body ""; ""The Binary Problem of the Big Bang Theory"" ""Spencer Reid V. Penelope Garcia: The Geek on the Team V. the Geek on the (Computer) Screen""""Doctor Who and the Regeneration of Female Companions""; ""Conclusion""; ""Bibliography""; ""Chapter 11 Modern Nerd: Alex Dunphy and Growing Up Geeky in Modern Family ""; ""Not a Family Affair""; ""Girls Who Wear Glasses""; ""Beyond the Screen""; ""Bibliography""; ""Part IV I Am A Nerd!: Depictions of the Nerd/Geek Stereotype on Film""; ""Chapter 12 From Zero to Hero and Back Again: Nerd Nobodies, Magic Makeovers, and the Power of the American Dream in Four Teen Films ""
Responsibility: Kathryn E. Lane, editor.

Abstract:

This collection examines the nerd and/or geek stereotype in popular culture today. Utilizing the media--film, TV, YouTube, Twitter, fiction--that often defines daily lives, the contributors interrogate what it means to be labeled a "nerd" or "geek." While the nerd/geek that is so easily recognized now is assuredly a twenty-first century construct, an examination of the terms' history brings a greater understanding of their evolution. From sports to slasher films, Age of the Geek establishes a dialogue with texts as varied as the depictions of "nerd" or "geek" stereotypes.

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