I’ve stumbled across this marvellous post from Storming the Ivory Tower that needs to be exposed to a broader audience (as narrow as my current readership is). It’s a scathing indictment of geek culture and how narrow-minded, inward-looking and downright offensive it has become.
I think the main problem is that being a geek has become a thing now (thank you very much, Big Bang Theory), with almost-defined boundaries that need to be rigidly adhered to in order to “count”. Geekdom has become a thing to be defended, aspired to with a rigidity that allows no dissent. Which is disgusting. Why can’t we have creativity and nice ideas without the need for them to be anything other than ideas to be explored and expanded? But no, these things mean something beyond themselves, and used in some form of self-promotion and identification. And then defended viciously because any attack becomes personal.
Anyway, I feel like I’m rambling, and Keeper puts it much better than I could. Go read his article and do something about making your corner of the world a more inclusive place. Think about what you like, and what they mean. Don’t stop other people from exploring their ideas and having opinions on the same thing. And please, please, please, learn to welcome new people, help them to enjoy the things you enjoy without feeling threatened or belittled or in any way worse than you. You’re all people, trying to enjoy life. Why isn’t that enough?
Next time I’ll try to get back to a reasonably regular posting schedule, I’ve had some thoughts bubbling away about Mists of Albion, and darkness in fantasy. I’ll try to get them into some workable form soon.