The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School
When school lunchroom doors open, hungry students rush in, searching for tables where they wouldn't be outsiders. Of course, in middle school and high school, almost everyone is an outsider: the nerds, the new girls, the band geeks, the loners; even the "popular" cheerleaders. Alexandra Robbins' The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth takes us inside the hallways of real schools...more
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This *should* have been much more compelling. As an academic, an educator, a past and present (and future) geek, one with geeklings of my own, and a guy who genuinely wants to be optimistic about our future as a country and a species, I'd love to read about how the geeks - intelligent, semi-obsessive nerds who get way too into some abstruse knowledge - are going to take over and turn our overly pragmatic and materialistic society into the Star Trek unive...more
This is an interesting book, albeit with an idea that isn't revolutionary. Geeks rule the world? Shocker. In an age where technology is king, it only makes sense that the skinny, albino computer nerd will one day become the next Silicon Valley employee and the popular jock will be seriously disappointed when he can't go pro. And altho...more
Update: So, I didn't finish it. I got over 1/3rd of the way through and it just wasn't doing it for me. It was very heavy on the individual narratives and while I realize the author got very close to her subjects and found them to be fascinating, I didn't need to hear every detail of their existence. I guess I felt like there was too much narrative and not enough analyzation.
At times this was hard to read, as it forced me to examine my own behaviors both as "the adult in the room" an...more
It’s an impact book. As a foreign exchange s...more
Did you know that all the weird little quirks that kept you friendless in high school could later go on to help you out there in the real world? Well according to Alexandra Robbins in her hope inducing work The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, that is absolutely true. ::crosses fingers::
This book follows Danielle the Loner, Blue the Gamer, Whitney the Popular Bitch, Regan the Weird Girl, Eli the Nerd, Joy the New Girl, and Noah the Band Ge...more
A few times, one in particular, the author withholds information in order to make a point or a dramatic statement. This made me not trust her. I can see what she was doing, but it made me uncomfortable to be manipulate...more
It's not a scientific study. It is an anthropological approach of the "it gets better" variety where Robbins spends a year with some "cafeteria fringe," as she calls them, and tries to identify what makes them outsiders, and what makes them great. Turns out it is usually the same thing.
We’re living in strange times (to quote an old Chinese curse). It has become a badge of honor to admit that you were a nerd in high school. Some of the most powerful people in society were nerds (Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, etc....more
With that in mind, I was glued to the book, and eager to find out how the characters would be doing by the end of the book (particularly Blue and Whitney, although all were appealing).
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In the style of Pledged and The Overachievers: THE GEEKS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH: POPULARITY, QUIRK THEORY, AND WHY OUTSIDERS THRIVE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. See alexandrarobbins.com/geeks for details.
New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Robbins is an investigative journalist who has written for a variety of publications, including Th...more