|The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth...
||[May. 19th, 2005|08:42 am]
Let The Galaxy BURN!
The Bible, ie. Revelations predicted that the Geek shall inherit the Earth and I See the End is possibly Nigh. With the last of the Star Trek TV shows slipping from televison and with no more Star Wars films in the filming process I fear for the people. There will be hordes of unentertained geeks roaming the streets looking for the next LARP, gaming session or LAN party and being horribly disappointed. No longer will the Earth be saved by the Saviors like Lucas that defend the masses’ normality and sanity be containing the Geekdom in year long queues in front of movie theaters. I fear that, soon, there will be a con(convention) every weekend to fill void. I fear that custom made vampire fangs will be worn on a daily rigor and that our fast food workers will begin claiming they are the Prince of their respective Cities and refuse to serve you the burger because you look like a werewolf. The Renaissance Fairs will slowly spread out and overcome the baseball diamonds and foot ball fields. The bars and coffee shops will be filled with reverberated words like 'magick' and 'faerie' and pickup lines will include 'asking for the Embrace' and girls will roll 20 sided dice as a Saving Throw to escape their suitors’ unbathed clutches. There is nothing to occupy the minds of the perpetual-virgin. There is nothing to contain that madness.|
God help us all.
I’ve included this handy chart so that you too can see all that the Geek have encompassed. Please note, Trekkies, Star Wars & Tolkien fans should be considered within the same category.
What about morris dancers/cosplayers/people who do ice sculpture based on David Brin's "Uplift" books?
The Geek Hierarchy v. 2.0 incorporated a lot of categories that didn't make it into v. 1.0. Given RAM enough and time we might be able to include finer gradations and more categories, and maybe there'll be a version 3, but right now you can pretty much assume that if you're into something too specific and/or rare to make it onto the unabridged chart, you're way geeky.
What about computer programmers, sysadmins, tech writers and so forth?
Occupations didn't make it in, because in the author's experience they don't really matter. Java programmers who are into LARPing aren't seen as any more or less geeky (in the pejorative sense) by their peers than tech writers or gas station attendants who are into LARPing. In a theoretical future version, technological hobbies like overclocking and making a lot of noise about Open Source may be incorporated.
I fit into more than one category. How geeky am I?
Look into your heart. Your answer to this question tells you a lot about yourself.
As a Ren Faire person, am I more or less geeky than someone who writes fanfic?
This sort of conundrum is the very essence of the complex web of status and discarded candy wrappers that is the Geek Hierarchy. Your position as a fan of science fiction literature (a category which includes nearly all geeks to some extent or another) puts you above fanfic writers, but fanfic writers can say the same to you. Embracing this paradox will lead to understanding of the Geek Nature.
Who died and left you boss?
my thanks to the Brunching Shuttlecocks for making the Internet a better place and for providing the Geek chart.
Cross posted to flufferhammer & tardroyalty.