(Note: please don't share this on Observation Deck.)
With all the talk about "fake geek girls," I've come to a sober realization: I'm really not that much of a geek.
It's not that I'm cool - far from it. But I find myself just not relating to a lot of geek culture, if you can even call it that.
When I think of David Bowie, for example, my first thought is not of Jareth The Goblin King. I have no desire to watch Big Bang Theory, ever. (someone seriously tried to tell me that_ BBT_ was the "smartest show on television" because it features guest stars like Neil DeGrasse Tyson and other scientists). I honestly don't care what Michael Bay does to Transformers or Ninja Turtles.
I feel dumb even claiming to be alienated because I'm afraid it will sound snobbish. I mean, I don't want to feel weird because I'd rather read mysteries than Game Of Thrones, or watch Mad Men rather than Agents Of SHIELD. But I do.
For me, the, um, breaking point is _Breaking Bad. _As you can tell from other posts, I'm a tad obsessed with it. But I honestly couldn't give a rat's ass about the science. No matter how many times Jesse yells "SCIENCE, BITCH!" I just don't think of it as a geek show. (In fact, can anyone really argue that the show is pro-science?) I care less about the chemistry and more about the references to Walt Whitman or the allusions to westerns (Possible Spoiler: Walt's storyline is shaping up to be similar to the main character in The Shootist) Io0 tried to argue that Breaking Bad was a sci-fi show, as they previously did with House MD (!) and even The Social Network (!!)
But the big thing for me that I find alienating about geek culture is the materialism. I don't want to have to buy stuff to feel like a proper geek, especially if Chris Hardwick is telling me I need it.
Or am I just being a snob?
ETA: I had no clue how many people hated Big Bang Theory.