In what is the ultimate revenge of the nerds, programmers are renaming classic art titles.
Once upon a time, arty types and computer geeks were separate tribes, bonded perhaps occasionally by a mutual appreciation of the same music. The art crowd was proto-hipsters with thrift store sensibilities while the tech tribe wore death metal t-shirts, beards and met all the stereotypical nerd clichés, socially awkward and tapping a lonely vigil on keyboards late into the night when they weren’t playing Doom.
Then, like something from the Bride of Frankenstein, the internet happened and the two tribes merged as one thanks to hipster fashion trends, social media, start-ups and a love of burritos. The nerd became versatile, socially acceptable – and rich.
You will observe edgy young programmers for example at Electric Picnic in September gorging themselves on goats cheese, swigging craft beers with their man buns bobbing sagely as they listen to some debate on literature in the Mindfield Arena or, later on, flailing their arms and pogoing to the Human League like some forgotten 1980s New Romantic.
Ultimately, this fusion of art and tech is expressing itself in memes, GIFs and all kinds of things that clutter your social media feed.
But the best thing we’ve seen yet is this Tumblr feed entitled Classic Programmer Paintings that gives software development titles to classic paintings.
Art attack: the ultimate revenge of the nerds
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