Why is this flourishing sub-culture tearing itself apart?by Serena Kutchinsky / October 19, 2015 / Leave a comment
What is geek culture and why is it increasingly the subject of cultural scrutiny and fierce hashtag wars? This weekend I took part in a debate around these issues at the Battle of Ideas festival at London’s Barbican Centre, where I strove to stand up for female geeks everywhere. And yes, we did talk about Gamergate.
I was fortunate, or unfortunate depending on your view, to share a platform with the scene’s provocateur-in-chief, Milo Yiannopoulos the technology editor of the right-wing politics and culture website Breitbart, who proved a good sparring partner despite the odd queeny remark. Joining us were Milo’s somewhat geekier sidekick—Allum Bokhari a columnist at Breitbart, Dr Maren Thom—a researcher in film who likes to spend her evenings “shooting people’s heads off” (virtually, that is), and Jason Walsh—a nattily attired foreign correspondent with interesting ideas on cultural identity. You can read my opening remarks below.