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Is Being a Geek Cool Now?
This question has been bouncing around my head lately. With all the Comic-Con coverage and the general merriment and celebration of DC and Marvel, being a geek is considered cool now. This little group of people that joined forces in comic book stores, friend’s basements and school clubs are now ruling the internet with their love for all things geek.
Alternatively…nerd? Nerding out?
I have found so many websites talking about the differences between nerds and geeks, but I have decided that it is really semantics. We all are passionate about something.
I have strong memories of geeking out over Archie Comic books, I Love Lucy, Beanie Babies, Baby-Sitters Club books and figure skating. I was teased for many of those things (ok…ALL of those things). I hid some of my geekiness away from friends and classmates. I even tried (tired being the optimal word) to ignore classmates that made fun of me during my obsession with Danielle Steel novels in the ninth grade. I wanted to enjoy what I enjoyed.
The mass consumption of the internet and social networks that developed from that has made it easier for people to enjoy their favorite things (or geek out) freely. Enjoy what they enjoy.
Which leads me to the question again. Is being a geek cool? All the things people loved back in the day are now considered mainstream. Does that negate the geekiness or does it just make it a stronger, cooler and even more accepting universe? Yes, I consider geekdom a universe. Just go with it.
If I had twitter and Tumblr when I was in high school (I had message boards…crappy message boards) would I have been less secretive about my geekiness? Would I be more open to showing off my love for Archie Comics? Maybe I would not have had to hide away my love for Baby Sitter Club books. Which answers my question…I guess. Being a geek is cool now. Right?
I feel like that answer reminds me of a quote from Simon Pegg:
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.
Being a geek is liberating. Being able to love what you love whether it be Iron Man or One Direction. We all are obsessed with something that makes us feel like a kid again. The internet just made that easier to do without feeling like a loser for being part of the geekdom.
What do you think? Is being a geek cool or do all the geeks in geekdom live in a bubble. People are still making fun, but we refuse to listen. Tell me below or shoot over a tweet! For now the randomness has ended. Hope you enjoyed!