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Five Geek Social Fallacies

This is a good article, but it's incorrect to focus most of the fallacies on geeks per se. I think that "Geek Social Fallacy #1: Ostracizers Are Evil" is more or less strictly geek, but the others are pretty much social fallacies in non-geek groups as well. Think of how "Friendship Is Transitive" plays out in a slightly modified form as "Relatives Are Transitive" during this season in particular.
Every carrier of GSF4 has, at some point, said:
"Wouldn't it be great to get all my groups of friends into one place for one big happy party?!"
or how about the poly alternative: "Would it be great to get all my partners to move in with me on a ranch with a lot of cottages and a central living area?" Well, sure it would be great for the speaker if that would work out, and therefore it makes a fine fantasy. That doesn't mean it's possible, and it doesn't mean the person having the fantasy is laboring under a fallacy.

Then again, I've never made a great geek.


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Dec. 5th, 2003 01:39 pm (UTC)
Heh. That's not even a poly thing. I have two separate groups of friends who fantasize about the cottage-ranch-common space idea. :) I think it's a common fantasy among those who don't have a lot of contact with their birth families and don't have kids: we all try to build family of some kind, even if the people involved are monogamous.

I dearly love introducing my friends to each other and sometimes it works out beautifully. And sometimes... well, let us not speak of it.
Dec. 5th, 2003 01:46 pm (UTC)
I can think of a number of people I'd dearly love to show this article to. But I couldn't possibly, because it would be perceived as criticism, however well meant. ;-)

Dec. 5th, 2003 01:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, come on. I'm sure you've made several great geeks in your time. (I could name one or two ...)
Dec. 5th, 2003 04:22 pm (UTC)
Dec. 6th, 2003 07:10 am (UTC)
If I give her the wool, will she make me one?
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Dec. 5th, 2003 04:22 pm (UTC)

Hehehehe! Love the icon.
Dec. 6th, 2003 12:26 am (UTC)
social fallacies
*nod*. 1 strikes me as definitely geeky, and not well represented anywhere else. all the others seen to me present in lots of other groups as well. LJ shows many fine examples of several.

i like red_frog's point about GSF4; that rings very true in my circles.
Dec. 6th, 2003 12:36 am (UTC)
Re: social fallacies
Yeah, I had such fantasies before I was actively poly too.
Dec. 6th, 2003 11:31 am (UTC)
I guess I'm not a geek because I don't worry about #1 any more. Or maybe I just revel in my evil nature. ;-)
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