Missed one question. Admittedly, I guessed one but got lucky. Anyway, it’s Geek Week at YouTube and here’s the quiz.
Must be an American thing. There are things in this “test” I haven’t even heard of.
Like first question I got. Chose between 3 names and some red haired chick runs around. I think it was Felicia Day and that had to do with that, what was it, Dragon Age thing she did years ago, but I never watched it because she’s an utterly horrible actress who’s now trying to make a living with “geek” things. Similar to, what’s his face, the guy who played Wesley Crusher.
This whole geek thing seems to be something for failed actors and irrelevant celebs. To me it looks like they’re standing in front of a huge, closed gate and bang their fists against it “Let me in! I’m important!”
Actually, let me post the rant I threw onto facebook.
Geek is… overrated.
Let me tell you a story.
I grew up in the late 70s and 80s. We had the Atari 2600 as the first gaming console. I played the shit out of it, with my dad. My dad is no geek or nerd. He was a cop for 40 years, now retired. He still played this stuff with me. Later we had the C64s and then Amiga 500s.
My cousins, both girls who also played with Barbie dolls, played games on their C64. That was in the 1980s and they, just like me back then, were working/middle class. A bit later in junior and high school there were plenty of kids who had Amiga 500s. Boys, girls, jocks, nerds. Handheld platforms? Everybody played them. It was already mainstream entertainment for the youth as early as the late 80s/early 90s.
The jocks played soccer (most popular youth sport here) and then “nerded out” on their Amiga 500s. The nerds did the same, just they spent the soccer time in the computer lab. Back in my school, back in those early 90s, when we had the option for additional computer lab there were roughly 800 students, about 90+ in the same year. 4 went for the computer lab, one of them me.
There was no mocking or anything by the jocks. In fact the jocks went through the mandatory computer lab and did pretty well (back then parents still parented, I know, odd concept today). There was no hierarchy with any weird social groups. That was just the way things were. The group that I dealt with back in those high school days was just the students of the three classes A, B and C. No jocks, no nerds, no hipsters, no whatever else. Just students.
And thus I say geek is overrated. It’s a label people obsessing about one form of mainstream entertainment (which has been exactly that for several decades) use to make themselves feel better, special and superior. It’s similar to “nerd”. Playing video games and obsessing over them and/or doing the same with certain scifi TV franchises or comic books doesn’t make anyone nerdy or geeky.
It makes you a consumer of mainstream entertainment which is part of a multi-billion Dollar industry.
It’s some American thing pushed by unrealistic and partly totally retarded TV shows and movies where odd cliques in high schools form jocks, nerds and similar groups. In reality or at least anywhere else in the world that never happened.
Want to meet some real “geeks” and “nerds”? Well, I’d have to drag you to my faculty of Japanese Studies at college and introduce you to a lecturer and my professor. The lecturer is an expert on obscure Japanese dialects. The professor is one of the few experts in the world on italic writing in Edo period wood prints. Sitting in a lesson with either of them leads always to massive “nerding out” on their parts. And I’m pretty convinced neither of them would even remotely consider themselves to be nerds or geeks. Especially not my professor who is about to hit retirement age (sadly).
There’s definitely a difference between your experience and mine, within my particular American sub-culture. I grew up in the rural South and was tremendously isolated as a “geek”–a bookwormish, introverted nerd with a hyperactive imagination. If it wasn’t for being an (average) athlete–baseball, some basketball–I’d have been completely cut off from the surrounding kids.
So when I finally met others with similar interests, it was a revelation. That’s why it has meaning to me. But most of today’s “geeks” have no idea what it means to be a persecuted minority at the most tender age of development.
Yeah, it’s interesting how different it is. It’s most… fascinating. *Spock-brow-arch*
272. A slight improvement on my first attempt.
Of course, I now know the name of the blue haired Asian chick.
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