In Pictures: Silicon Valley's tech culture - 'We just want to be alone'

From a distance, Silicon Valley may look like a center for technical innovation. But it's more than that. Look closer and you'll find a home for social outcasts, radical libertarians and nerdy geniuses who dream of fleeing society entirely and building their own tech-utopias.

Silicon Valley is home to social outcasts, radical libertarians and nerdy geniuses who just want to be left alone. But their isolationist tendencies go beyond just wanting some space from the rest of the world. They dream of fleeing society completely and building tech-utopias. Seriously. We're not making this stuff up: Signs of such isolationist behavior are rampant, from self-contained campuses to virtual-world PC games to escapist events such as Burning Man. There are even cries for outright secession.

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