Or; What kind of geek are you?
I am a geek. I have always been a geek. I had no desire to “fit in” at school, I was not willing to change myself just to be accepted. We are talking thirty some years ago, the internet and technology did not actually change that BUT it did put me in contact with geeks just like me, and we are ALL geeks.
“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.” Simon Pegg
I love Simon Pegg, he put it so well. In school it was acceptable to be a football (soccer) geek, a rugby geek, a Bros (music) geek, or even a movie geek. Being a maths geek, a book geek, an Iron Maiden (wrong music) geek, or science geek were considered, some how, wrong. I was fortunate in that I have always been happy with who I am and what my geekdoms are, I have never wanted to be popular or, quite frankly, even liked, if you don’t like me I don’t want you to. Yes I was picked on, never bullied, there is a difference, and when I get fed up with the comments I would hit back (usually literally) but the teachers saw what was happening and I never got in trouble. The bonus I see now, as an adult, is that my less confident friends tended to be over looked by the bullies, the friends for who the jibes and comments would have quickly become bullying, they just paled in comparison to my all out, unashamed, geekyness.
Then along came the internet and everything changed. I am quite sure I had left school when we get internet, oh the heady days of dial up and dancing to the “eeeeeeek bbbbbbrrrrrr”, and posting song lyrics in chat rooms. If you like it there is a blog, website, or social media page dedicated to it. Yes some of the things you find are… em… specialist, and very niche, and if you google when ill it will give you cancer, but for the most part you can find people who like the same band as you, even when that band only plays small pubs in a twenty five mile radius of the bass players house. Love a TV show? there is a group out there screaming “so do we” (even thirteen years after it was cancelled). Cosplay, comic books, crafts, art, food, beer, you name it, the internet loves it. I am sat here being forced to watch strangers kids open kinder eggs and other surprise toys because The Hellions and blind bag geeks and love the suspense even when the treat is not even their’s, you tube has a lot to answer for.
SO what ever you geek about, how ever small your internet friends group is, geek loud, geek proud, and geek all the time.