I admit I don’t get it. I’m not a geek and never have been. I may be a socially backward outsider who spends my time observing the culture around me…wait a second! That’s exactly the point. To be honest, the smart kids were the geeks back in school, and I wasn’t a smart kid. Aside from not fitting the requirements, I just don’t understand people. So I need help. Please help me.
What is it with police boxes, anyway? Yeah, I know. They conjure images of crazy capers through time travel. But why do geeks dress up in them? Do they actually believe they’ll turn into the Doctor and henceforth commence with their own time travel/space adventures, an attractive female companion by their sides? Or I suppose this question could be stated in the reverse format for the female geeks: do you actually believe you’ll attract the Doctor to your shapely form of police box and henceforth commence with time travel/space adventures after he’s entered your box? And if male geeks want to be a time traveling, humanoid alien known as a Time Lord, and females want to be with a “…..”, then why in the name of The Master is there a to-do over whether he goes through a sex change?
What is with it the rivalry between Star Wars and Star Trek? It took me less than a semester at Tech to become embroiled in a discussion about which is better, and how choosing one changes your geek cred or status subtly or not so subtly. Perhaps, it all comes down to what David Brin noted in “Star Wars” despots vs. “Star Trek” populists. Perhaps some geeks long to rise to the level of despot in order to control the social hierarchy through zippy weapons such as light sabers and, therefore, create a perfect universe. The other type may wish not to change the hierarchy at all, but destroy its fundamental usefulness to peace-loving, interbreeding aliens from all corners of the universe. Space exploration leads to diversity, which leads to peace, which leads to more space exploration and, eventually, a perfect universe. But it’s always possible I’m missing the point.
Now I’m ready to dive deeper and really hit that inner nerve of geekdom. Ouch! Will somebody please explain to me why geeks love role-playing games?! What is it with Dungeons and Dragons, anyway? Is it a safe way to delve into your own soul (dungeon) and face your inner shadow (dragon) in the company of friends? Is this a vast, endless metaphorical Jungian soul journey for modern people who don’t fight battles in the real world? I find it curious in the same way I find collaborative classes curious. Geeks seem to enjoy a sense of community in which they’re earning degrees together and building story worlds together. Why is this? Do they secretly yearn for the competition? Do they secretly yearn for a world of knowledge that is surprising–random, even, but in the context of familiarity?
If you’re a geek, I’d like some answers to my questions. Don’t worry. I won’t try to join you. You were a geek before geek was cool, and I’m just an observer of culture. Preferably, I’d like answers from both male and female geeks. If enough people respond, I’ll write a second post with compiled answers.
p.s. If it appears I’m poking fun at you, it’s only gentle fun at people who once upon a time didn’t accept me in their ranks. I’ve cried tears over you! Real tears!
p.p.s That last post script was a joke.