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"Geek cred", or "geek points"... If you have any, you don't.

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If there is one thing that bothers me, it's when geeks use the term "geek cred", "geek points" or "geek card" and specially when people say you should lose it for not knowing something...

The reason why it bothers is that these geeks want to provs they are geekier than you by MEMORIZING something!

Geekery is about PASSION, memorizing takes dedication, but doesn't prove you're a good fan! I know some trivia about Hitler, like that he was a mediocre artist, does this make me fan of him? I certainly hope not!

It's not only the fact that these people think trivia makes them geekier than you, it's their boast of knowledge what proves their ignorance!

So I have to lose my "geek cred" because I don't know what Spock had for breakfast in a certain episode of Star Trek? Do you guys have ANY idea how much Sci-fi is out there? Claiming to know all about Sci-fi is claiming you're ignorant of how much there is out there! And it's even possible to be a Sci-fi fan and (GASP!) never have seen Stark Trek or Star Wars! 

This applies to ALL areas of geekery, videogames, comics, fantasy...

Also, think about who would be more deserving of praise or "geek points", the geek who spent 20 hours watching a TV show memorizing it, or the geek who made a fan film with his friends? The geek who spent 2000$ on some actor's underpants or the one who created a piece of art about the series or movie the actor was in? The geek whose at every con flaunting his knowledge or the geek who brings sandwiches and juice?

Socrates said it better than I could ever say it: "All I know is that I know nothing"

I'm not saying knowing trivia is bad, but once you assume you know everything and think you're better than the rest... you prove you're not... There will always be something new to learn about what you love, and that should be enough for you!

So the next time someone tells you should have your "geek card" revoked, tell them that real geeks don't need them!
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From:kingthunder
Date:August 13th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
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I'm going to need your geek card for this post. I've never heard anyone say this. Although boxbrown, sally_bloodbath and I were talking and she didn't know anything about Arrested Development and he said "You need to get out less." I shot milk out of my nose. Which is extremely weird seeing as to how I'm lactose intolerant and never drink milk.
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From:tanukitsune
Date:August 13th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
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I've heard many geeks talk about this on their blogs and podcasts.

I'm worse, I saw Arrested Development and didn't think it was that funny, then again, they only seem to air the same episode every time I try to see it... :P

It is said that if something is funny enough milk will shoot out of your nose, even if don't have a nose!

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From:kingthunder
Date:August 13th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
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You didn't like Arrested Development? I'm revoking your geek cred. heh heh, this is fun. Seriously though, Arrested Development is one of those shows where you have to watch every episode, or the jokes make no sense.
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From:tanukitsune
Date:August 13th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
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I don't like shows that force you to watch everything to get it... That's why I quit Lost. :P
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From:thundakat
Date:August 13th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
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It funny people always try to go out of their way to out-geek me, but i mention i draw a comic in my spare time on the interweb and they soon shut up. I just think hardcore geeks like are hardcore metal fans; too obsessed with the label than the actual stuff itself.
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From:tanukitsune
Date:August 13th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
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Ugh.. You used the word "Hardcore" I think the "hardcore" fans and the least "hardcore". You do not want me to get on a rant on hardcore gamers...

Well, I was going to blog about it one of these days... :P
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From:thundakat
Date:August 13th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
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hehe, i shall watch my choice of words in future then :D
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