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Windows 7: Ponder of the day:

19 May 2010   #1
motc7

 
 
Ponder of the day:

Why typically is the Sci-Fi genre something that most computer geeks enjoy? I mean, most people think "Computer geek, well he/she likes Star Trek, blah blah"

Now I am a computer geek and I do love Star Trek, and just about anything Sci-Fi so I hide behind nothing. But what is it in that genre that attracts us computer nerds? And by the way fellas, please refrain from posting pics of Seven of Nine in a skin tight catsuit or Counselor Troi's pouty lips. thanks!
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19 May 2010   #2
derekimo

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Quote:
please refrain from posting pics of Seven of Nine in a skin tight catsuit or Counselor Troi's pouty lips. thanks!
I got nothing then.
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19 May 2010   #3
motc7

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Quote:
please refrain from posting pics of Seven of Nine in a skin tight catsuit or Counselor Troi's pouty lips. thanks!
I got nothing then.
YHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Brilliant!
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19 May 2010   #4
Airbot

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Ah, you didn't say anything about not posting T'Pol.



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19 May 2010   #5
DocBrown

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+10 for Airbot
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19 May 2010   #6
mitchell65

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Ponder
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19 May 2010   #7
motc7

 
 

hijole guay
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19 May 2010   #8
johnwillyums

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Surely the question is which comes first. I've been a sci fi fan since I could read (and that was before the internet)
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21 May 2010   #9
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by motc7 View Post
Why typically is the Sci-Fi genre something that most computer geeks enjoy? I mean, most people think "Computer geek, well he/she likes Star Trek, blah blah"

Now I am a computer geek and I do love Star Trek, and just about anything Sci-Fi so I hide behind nothing. But what is it in that genre that attracts us computer nerds?
There are many potential answers to this. Here are a couple of broad and generalised ones.



The stereotypical Answer:

'Geeks' are often portrayed as socially inept, physically inferior and have a higher/ differing intellect which tends to alienate them from mainstream society.

In other words, they don't feel as if they belong anywhere else.

SCI-FI is an escape into worlds where they feel they would be more suited (and gain a sense of belonging) due to their 'unique' properties.

The heroes in SCI-FI are generally not your usual 'intellectually challenged muscle bound jocks' (the antithesis to the stereotypical geek).

The main / respected 'heroes' are generally characters who posses both high intellect as well as a modicum of physical prowess. The emphasis usually being on a higher intellect.


In that regard, SCI-FI is an opiate, as it alleviates the sense of isolation. It also functions as an aspirational tool. SCI-FI has has inspired many devices which are now common place today.

Plus, It also gives hope that one day, the 'non-jock' can score a smoking hot babe

Imagination:

SCI-FI fuels the imagination.

For those who are not content to merely accept the status quo derived from others conclusions, SCI-FI invites and encourages the viewer/reader to ponder and question the big "What if / Why" questions for themselves.

Put simply, it stimulates the mind into questioning currently accepted beliefs that may or may not be satisfactory for them.

For some, a solace to niggling questions can be satisfactorily answered - while for others it presents more questions than answers, yet the continual questioning can be as equally enjoyable as it is frustrating.


Alternative Method of Observing Humanity:

One prevalent theme throughout the vast majority of SCI-FI is one of portraying the wide gamut of the human condition under various guises.

This is one method of taking a 'step back' to look at ourselves as a whole.

For example; often various religions, peoples behaviors, customs or beliefs are portrayed by 'alien species / factions'.

This allows the viewer/reader to disassociate from the actual subject and re-evaluate their own understanding or tolerance from a 'distance'.

From this we can either adjust, or reinforce our prejudices and mindsets.


It's Better Than Some Other Crap On The TV:

With some shows, you can feel your IQ lowering as you watch them. Unless it's particularly bad SCI-FI, this IQ lowering feeling is exempt.


It's also worth noting that the enjoyment of SCI-FI is not solely the domain of Computer users / Geeks.

However, SCI-FI contains a lot sub-text throughout series / main story arcs.

Some of the more intellectually questioning of us do enjoy identifying or 'attempting to interpret' the sub-texts instead of just being 'entertained'.
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21 May 2010   #10
kucing13

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Airbot View Post
Ah, you didn't say anything about not posting T'Pol.



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