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In the 25 years since "Revenge of the Nerds" debuted at movie theaters, geek chic has grabbed hold and catapulted the brilliant, yet often socially inept, into the realm of — dare it be said — the hip and the cool. "It is definitely hot right now in pop culture," said Benjamin Nugent, author of the "American Nerd: The Story of My People."
Even Slashdot gets a mention:
Rob Malda, creator-director for the site SlashDot, which bills itself as providing "news for nerds," said society couldn't help but take notice after "the nerds of the '70s and '80s became the driving influencers of technology in the '90s."
"Some of those nerds got rich, others gained tremendous influence, and some became household names," said Malda, who embraces being a nerd. "So I don't know if it 'fascinates' people, but the mainstream became aware of them because in many ways, a small number of them hijacked the means of communication and business. It's hard to ignore that."
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