There was a TV channel, in the before-time of the primordial Web, that took aim at geeks. It had call-in shows, interviews with great minds of industry, and showcases of talent. That channel was TechTV.

And it died. TechTV died before G4 bought it up and tore it apart, but the purchase and gutting helped the globally connected community of geeks move on. And move on we did–it was a renaissance of design, interactivity, and technology.

The channel was good fun to watch, but it didn’t leave much of a void with things like YouTube, Revision3, and Penny Arcade TV following in the wake of its death. Sometimes death is essential for progress. Old ideas die with their supporters and their mediums to make space for fresh takes and new channels for getting ideas out.

And we’re about due for another renaissance.