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15 December 2010

Geeking out used to be something one did in private, for fear of ridicule or ostracization (yeah, I just made up a word). Admitting to liking Star Trek when I was a kid was not dissimilar to saying “please punch me in the face, for I am a nerd and therefore not worthy of hanging out with you cool people of the sixth grade.” OK, that might not be a direct translation, but it’s pretty close.

There are a lot of cool things about living in 2010: smartphones, Netflix Watch Instantly, decent cars, ebooks, last.fm. . . but one of the coolest things, in my opinion, is the lack of judgment on geeking out. It’s gotten to the point where it’s socially acceptable to be a geek, and I dig that.

So, with that in mind, what’s the one thing you used to hide geeking out about that you now feel comfortable sharing your love for? Feel free to out yourselves here.

I’ll go first — I love terrible old horror movies. You know, the ones that would scare no one, had a budget of a dollar and a half, and were probably shot in Italy-posing-as-Los-Angeles? I could watch them all day.

Your turn, folks.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 15 December 2010 0754

    Nothing springs to the top of my mind.

    But you should provide one caveat to that statement “being a geek is now socially acceptable” in the adult world. Kids are still brutal little savages raised by many ignorant adults who never wanted them and were too uneducated to take any preventative measures when they were bangin’.

    These kids, then single out and bully, pick on, whatever you want to call it, anyone who is the slightest bit original or different.

    Here’s a link to a heartwarming tale about a little girl Starwars Geek and the support she got from all across the internet: http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/12/10/the-tale-of-the-littlest-jedi-bullied-girl-gets-star-wars-love/

    Not where I originally read it, but you get the gist.

    • 15 December 2010 0757

      That’s a good point. But hopefully, when our generation (OK, yours, as you’re younger than me) raises kids, they’ll impart upon them the awesomeness of being geeky.

      Or at least teach them kung fu so the bullies only bully them once.

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