Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet out of Idaho (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Apr 18, 2000 - Social Science - 207 pages
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Jesse and Eric were roommates in the tiny town of Caldwell, Idaho, nineteen-year-old working class kids eking out a living with their seven-dollar-an-hour jobs selling and fixing computers. College was never in the cards. Their families had been torn apart by divorce and hard times, separation and illness. They had almost no social lives, and little to look forward to. They spent every spare cent on their computers, and every spare moment on-line.

Jesse and Eric were proud geeks— suspicious or disdainful of authority figures, proud of their status as outsiders, fervent in their belief in the positive power of technology. They'd been outsiders as long as they could remember, living far from the mainstream of school or town life. Nobody spoke for them, they were on nobody's social or political agenda.

Geeks is the story of how Jesse and Eric—and others like them—used technology to try and change their lives and alter their destiny. They rode the Internet out of Idaho to Chicago, a city they had ever set foot in, seeking the American Dream, a better life. Geeks describes this brave and difficult journey, as two self-described social misfits use the resources of the Internet to try to construct a new future for themselves, escape the boundaries of their dead-end lives, and find a community they could belong to.

Geeks explores a growing subculture about which many of us know little, a world with its own language, traditions, and taboos. In telling the stories of Jesse, Eric, and others like them, Geeks is a story about the very human face of technology.
  

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Review: Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho

User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

This is now one of my favorite books - definitely the best non-fiction book I've ever read. If you're a geek and/or an outcast (of any kind) like I am, you will relate to this story. I will admit that ... Read full review

Review: Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho

User Review  - Coralie - Goodreads

In the beginning, I didn't love this book. Not everyone who doesn't fit in, isn't popular and is poor is a geek. But, as the story progresses, I warmed to the author and to the two , as they leave ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
First Encounter
The Cave
The Geek Club
Leave Fast
The Trip
Thanksgiving
Escape from Richton Park
The Dean
Into the Hellmouth
Dont Expect Miracles
ALSO BY JON KATZ
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Jon Katz is the author of Running to the Mountain and Virtuous Reality, as well as six novels. He has written for Wired, New York, GQ, Hotwired, and the New York Times and was twice nominated for the National Magazine Award for articles in Rolling Stone. He writes for Slashdot.org and the Freedom Forum's website "Free!" on the Web. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife, Paula Span. He can be e-mailed at jonkatz@slashdot.org.

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