questionsdo you feel vindicated now that geeks are…

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Be nice to them. The next one you meet will likely be your new boss.

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I don't think that the second article really gets that point across. To me it seemed like it was saying "Geeks are becoming more prominent and because of this, we're now teaching them how to be people by giving them 'Charm School' classes, since they're so socially inept." I mean, they even had a quote from a psychologist about the charm school that said "There's a wait list to get in. … In the technology field, they're great with tech but their social skills need help." Really?

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@captainsuperdawg: I almost mentioned that in the question. I thought it sounded like the MIT charm school was for interviewing & employment skills, but on the other schools mentioned, I agree with your point. Perhaps the articles are saying the mainstream depends on geeks more - that's a different kind of respect.

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But I'd heard the Geek economy had gone to hell.

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Gosh, before you know it, maybe even dweebs and nerds will be respected too! :-)

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@gertiestn: They will be OK once the Geek austerity measures kick in...

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Is it really respect, or are they just nicer to us because they need us to keep their PCs running?

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@samstag: I'd say it's the latter. Kinda how in high school, everyone was always super nice to that kid who got his license first because they wanted to go places.

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G(r)eeks? They're bankrupt, aren't they? So sad, & kidding, okay? Have respect for both. In differing degrees..

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Meh, I knew it would happen even back in the day.

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Not really. "Geekdom" has pretty much become synonymous with a cross between "ricer" and "janitor" these days.