Archive for June, 2010

Even if you went with me, I’m not the girl you think I am.

June 19, 2010

Today, I was munching on Special K and flipping through channels at some hour far too late to be considered breakfast, as usual. Nothing of interest was on, so I settled on MTV because there’s always something good to rot my brain there. I thought Never Been Kissed was going to be on, but it was some stupid show called When I Was 17. That detail is inconsequential to the topic.

So, being a True Life enthusiast (yes, there have been marathons of that and yes, I have watched them) I couldn’t help but notice a commercial for some show called The Hard Times of RJ Berger came on a lot. The plot seems to be that this RJ character is a geek, but because he has a huge penis, he’s suddenly cool. I’ve noticed more and more in popular culture that being this geeky, uncool character has somehow become…cool? I mean, come on, people like Michael Cera were just awkward before his movies started coming out. Now he’s awkward and charming because of said awkwardness.

But it doesn’t work for everyone. I haven’t quite figured out  the key as to what separates the actual dorks from the pseudo-dorks. I mean, there’s the whole socially awkward bit that geeks have always been portrayed as having. (And yes, I’m going to use geek, nerd, and dork interchangeably. I don’t see a difference and I don’t care if there is one.) I personally see myself as geeky. I thoroughly enjoy infographs, the internet, anime, video games, and…honestly I’m sure a good majority of what I do could be considered geeky. I just don’t notice it. However, I consider myself very socially-well adjusted. I’m usually very shy when people first meet me, unless I’m drunk, but I find it harder to not get along with people than to get along with them. Does that somehow counteract my geekiness?

I’m certainly not one of those psuedo-geeks. When I think of them I think of hipsters. I really don’t like hipsters and I’m sorry for that. I shouldn’t judge people before I get to know them and I’m sure as individual people they are all wonderful, however, as a whole they make me cringe. I mean, why is it so in? You’re dressing like a homeless person and being an enthusiast of the nerdy things I like. I guess it’s cool I can buy a Yoshi and Pikachu t-shirt in a mainstream store now, but really? This was my turf, guys! Back off! Something else I’ve noticed is that graphic novels have become more popular. I know manga’s not cool, but that’s the kind I own. Still, a step towards geekdom.

In short, I guess I just don’t know how to feel about this praise of being an outcast. I’m sure my closer friends will agree with me. All of our lives, we’ve been on the outskirts of the social ladder, and hell, we didn’t care. We were happy because we never faked anything; we did what we wanted and we acted the way we felt. In that way, we were very lucky. I never feel like I had to pretend not to like something, and I think my friends felt the same way. I guess that’s why we’re such genuine people. 🙂

But, something to much on. We were uncool before being uncool was cool, and in that, we are the coolest of them all. RIGHT?

Get the hell out of my my geekdom, hipsters. (photo from latfh.com)