Sunday, 11 January 2015

Geek - What Does Geek Mean to Me?

It's that endless battle.  What is a geek? What is a nerd?  Is it better or worse to be one than the other?  Does it really matter?  Traditionally, a geek worked in a Freakshow and would eat strange things, like glass or nails, for entertainment and a nerd was a thing collected in an imaginary zoo written about by Dr. Seuss.  Both have changed.  Both can be used to mean bookish, introverted, socially inept.  Both can be used to mean smart, passionate and cute.  Naturally, I choose the latter.  It may be a Kentish thing, but nerd, to me, is the smarter/more knowledgeable end of the geeky spectrum.  I don't consider myself that clever, but I'm certainly on the geeky spectrum, so that leaves me as just a plain ol' geek.

Geek? Nerd?
If a nerd is a smarter geek, what is a geek then?  Geek, to me, is someone, anyone, with a passionate interest in something.  They tend to know more than average about that interest, -love- to talk about it and get super excited if they're allowed to indulge in it.  That's what I call "geeking out".  A geek, can therefore be a sports fan as much as a Dungeons and Dragons player.  If you "geek out" about something.  You are one.  And that's great.  There's nothing better than having an interest or hobby that can light up your day.  After all, it normally lights up everyone else's day too if you're happy.

Geeking Out. A Lot.
I geek out all the time.  I know a reasonable amount about the things I'm into.  I may even stray into the nerdy about certain things.  I got a Star Trek in picture dictionary as a Secret Santa present from work (amazing!) So, what do I get geeky about? And what does that look like on a scale?

Geek scale 1 - Mildly geeky

  • Musicals, particularly Rock of Ages and Rent
  • Spartacus (the Starz tv series)
  • Game of Thrones

Geek scale 2 - Definitely geeky

  • Babylon 5
  • Star Trek
  • Vampire myths
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Japan / Kawaii goods / mythos
  • The Secret World
  • Resident Evil
  • Devil May Cry
  • Dragon Age

Geek scale 3 - Pretty close to nerdy

  • Korean cosmetics
  • World of Warcraft
  • The DC Comics universe, particularly Nightwing, The Joker and/or Harley Quinn and Batman.

My Inner Geek

Talk to me with genuine interest about anything that rate a 1 or a 2, you'll make my day.  Talk to me about anything that rates a 3, be prepared for the floodgates to open!  Well, in my mind they will anyway.  I'm actually pretty reserved about talking about any of them.  They're not everyone's cup of tea, some people find it all a bit sad and I wouldn't want to bore anyone to the level I could be capable of.  That's why I truly love that having interests that are traditionally considered geeky is starting to be less weird and more normal.  Video games are a mainstream hobby worth billions of pounds worldwide.  Comic book lore fuels some of the highest grossing films to date. Ten years ago, if I'd told anyone I played Warcraft outside of my immediate circle there may very well have been scoffing.  That's just not the case anymore.  Or maybe I've changed.  Maybe I've realised that it doesn't matter if I tell anyone.  After all, if they're not interested the subject will change and if they are, I get to talk about it. Win, win really.

So what does geek mean to me? It is me.  Just as it's everyone else too.  And that's the best thing in the universe.

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