I’m not a geek. Never have been. Never will be. I’m not into role-playing games, fantasy and science fiction books and movies/TV shows, comic books, or many of the pastimes traditionally associated with geeks,Â though I amÂ interested in many other thingsÂ that can be termed geeky. Plus, I like all types of people and find value in knowing and interacting with everyone, no matter the group with which they most identify.
However, I think being an “outsider”Â to most cliques disqualifies me from truly understanding the dynamics involved in a particular group (I don’t know the secret handshakes or anything like that). So I admit a certain level of ignorance to the foundational elements, the strengths,Â and especially the potential longevity of any groupÂ to enterÂ the social consciousness; in this case, geeks and theirÂ related brethren.
So,Â I apologize if today’s Inquisition reflects my ignorance.
Is Geek Chic just a fad, and if so,Â will it fade as fast as it arose, or is there something inherent in it not found in other trends — trends that haveÂ fallen by the wayside —Â that will allow it to prosper indefinitely?