The obligation to know: From FAQ to Feminism 101

@article{Reagle2016TheOT,
  title={The obligation to know: From FAQ to Feminism 101},
  author={Joseph M. Reagle},
  journal={New Media \& Society},
  year={2016},
  volume={18},
  pages={691 - 707}
}
In addition to documenting and sharing information, geek culture has a complementary norm obliging others to educate themselves on rudimentary topics. This obligation to know is expressed by way of jargon-laden exhortations such as “check the FAQ” (frequently asked questions) and “RTFM” (read the fucking manual). Additionally, the geek lexicon includes designations of the stature of the knower and the extent of what he or she knows (e.g. alpha geek and newbie). Online feminists, especially geek… 
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