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Jan 2016
You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) - Felicia Day - Sphere, 2015
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I embrace the label of geek but take slight offence at being called a nerd, which is odd because I am both. The former has positive connotations - technological know-how, enthusiasm, creativity. The latter implies an introverted oddball lacking in some fundamental human qualities. The social implications are strong. Geeks are welcomed, lionised, their obsessions indulged and even praised. Nerds are the lonely social misfits satirised in sitcoms like The IT Crowd and early episodes of the The Big Bang Theory (in that show the main characters - Sheldon aside - metamorphosed very quickly into geeks). Felicia Day has been described as "queen of the geeks", but as soon becomes clear, she is much more nerdy than that. And what makes this book delightful and more interesting than your run-of-the-mill celebrity autobiography is that she both knows it and celebrates it.
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