I read earlier posts regarding geeks,
geek-iness, geekdom and other forms and definitions of a generally
I asked Mr. NorthStar what his definition of
a geek was. I asked him because he has been involved, at one time or
another, in various activities and pursuits that would be deemed
"geeky." He's a die-hard Star Wars fan ( even forgiving George Lucas
for the last two films) who proudly boasts a stormtrooper PEZ dispenser
on his desk at work, and has a large poster of SW villians in his
office. He loves Star Trek. He's played Dungeons and Dragons through
its three phases: cool, dweebish and back to cool. ( Hey, even EW plays
D&D and is proud of it!)He's played in, written and administered
live-action role playing games. He is even, god help him, a computer
systems administrator - hold the pocket protector! Is he geeky? No. No.
No. (really, he's not).So he's qualified to weigh in on this question.
It seems that geekiness occurs or is noticed
when it becomes pervasive in your real life, to its detraction, and
when its an interest that falls outside the mainstream. For example,
are 3 foot tall kids wearing Shaq and Kobe basketball jerseys geeks, or
are they just fans? Are the "fans" who cause riots when their teams
blow it in the playoffs, geeks? According to the common thought, no.
They might be maniacs, but not geeks.
Why? Are sports more important than
literature or film? I don't think so, you all might not think so, but
many others do. Are you a geek when you're real life is so rife with ME
references that people look at you oddly? Or are you a geek when you
don elf ears and cloak to go to the grocery store and scream "I wield
Hadhafang!" when someone butts in front of you in the express lane? Is
my obsession with all things medieval geeky ( don't answer that) or is
that just an eccentricity, and intellectual bent, while my orc Frodo
and Sam on my desk is symbolic of geekdom?
I'm not sure. I know that I have referred to
myself as one, at home, especially when I bounce up and down over some
new LOTR nugget or toy, or trailer, etc. But the main thing is, I don't
care. I enjoy LOTR, this board, my friends on said board, and the
community we have all built. So give me a shirt with a big "G" and I'll
wear it proudly.
Along with my ears.