The Geek Of Things
Over the last year and a bit, Tim and I have argued hard over the one subject that really divides us. One of the subjects anyway, we argue a lot, usually once a week over the Top 10’s but I’m getting sidetracked.
What makes a topic geeky?
We’ve covered subjects from tabletop games to pro-wrestling, and every genre of film, game and even dabbled a little into music, literature and technology. I even accused a former employer of mine of geekiness on the subject of football (during my interview, thanks for the job John) because he could probably go as in-depth on the subject as I could about Dungeons & Dragons.
Through the long hours of debate and pointless name calling, we’ve come to a fairly broad but satisfactory understanding of what makes a geek thing geeky, and more to the point, what about loving it makes us geeks.
Fundamentally what defines a geek is the difference between us and “the cool kids”. It’s not so much that we like different things, but it’s our willingness to get far too excited and passionate about them. Cool is easily defined by a general disinterest in any one thing, or in anything at all, even if that disinterest is only expressed and not truly felt.
But when a geek or a nerd finds something that they find interesting they dive in with both feet first. We do the research so that we can talk about it for hours, we absorb every piece of media, and grab every bit of merchandise we can get our greedy mits on until there’s very little left of ourselves and we are only an extension of “the thing we now love”. Right up until we find a new thing.
Oh we never let go of the old thing, we just repeat the process until we’ve absorbed something else, and again and again building up a collage of passions and an encyclopaedia of knowledge that embed themselves on our personality, and shape the way we view and interact with the world. That’s not to say that our personalities are exclusively made of the things we love, more that our personalities inform what we choose to imprint upon, and as we imprint we accentuate ourselves.
In our occasional series Geeking Out Hard we go all out describing whatever it is we’ve gone completely mental over at the time. In these happy few pieces you can read all about whatever favourite subject was, but in that you can also see clearly the kind of passion I’m talking about.
So I put it to you, dear reader:
What makes a geek? And what makes someone cool?
And what are you geeking out about right now?
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