I am not a geek. I am not a nerd. I’ve never watched a single episode of Buffy, Star Trek, Dr Who or any of the like. I just watched Firefly for the first time a few months ago. I’m not good at math. The only video game I’m even sort of moderately decent at is Mario Kart. I never hung out with geeks in high school. Maybe a little in college, but really it was more after college, and I always felt like I was being tolerated more than that I was a “friend”. (And seriously, even if I wanted to, getting into a geek clique was way harder than becoming friends with popular kids. The geeks were mean.)
Yet skepticism seems to have a huge overlap with “geek culture”. And I don’t understand that. I feel like there’s a pride that skeptics are geeks and an expectation that we should be… both from insiders and outsiders.
I’ve been put on the spot and asked my “geek cred” before… and I’ll be honest, I don’t think I have any.
Confession: I Google most of the punchlines to your jokes.
What is with all the geeks? Why don’t we attract more “mainstream” culture? Since I’m not a geek does that make me a geek geek or a cool kid amongst geeks? Is there anyone else out there who managed got by mostly fitting in and living in generally non-remarkable social circles?
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