Neal Stephenson, Star Wars, Geek Culture

I hate to keep pushing the Star Wars buttons, but I came across a good article on Star Wars, geeks and vegging out by one of my favorite authors, Neal Stephenson. Basically his premise is that this new trilogy of prequels is pretty much incomprehensible because it consists of nothing but veg out action scenes, and all the geeky details are now canonized in copious volumes of alternative media; books, comics, video games and the internet have supplanted the need to actually explain anything in Episodes I through III.

Speaking of geeking out on Star Wars, try reading this revisionist history of the original Star Wars movie, based on information present in the prequel trilogy. It actually makes a great deal of sense.

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