ARTE FRANCE, LA GENERALE DE PRODUCTION
German, English, French
A new generation - the geek generation - has taken over. It is now fashionable to be a geek and for everyone to claim to be one. In saga form, this documentary follows the irresistible rise of a generation and the cultural tsunami it has spearheaded.
First appearing in the 70s, geeks had a shared passion for computers, science fiction and comic books, and developed their own culture opposed to the norm. Right from the start, geek culture established its own key dates, codes, special places and cult figures. The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Steve Jobs, Pac-Man and Mario Bros were all vital references.
Things had changed by the 2000s. Now the first-generation geeks were thirty or forty and had become a vital creative and economic power. Their values reflected those promoted by modern society, and popular imagination - especially in films - turned the geek into a central character.
So the geek explosion is important to everyone. It is the symptom and representation of a new rapport with technology, a new way of communicating. It reflects a swing from traditional culture to pure entertainment culture.