I feel like the massive explosion of geek culture in recent years – to the point that it doesn’t feel like a counter-culture anymore – is due in large part to the Internet. The Internet allows geeks to find each other, allows fans and fandoms to find each other. It allows for our expressions of geekiness to be found by others, for us to be creators as well and to have an audience. It allows niche and obscure things to have a large following, because the whole following can potentially connect together.
However, I’m also frequently reminded of how important it is to have a local focus, even as we geek. Let’s go with an example.
Posted in Geek 501, War Games
Tagged Amazon, community, Geek, Geek Where You Are, Hordes, LGS, Local, online shopping, Podcasts, The Internet, Trollbloods, Warmachine
Before we dive into the A to Z Challenge, I wanted to get in another Geek 501 post. So it’s time to take on one of the bigger things in all of geek culture. Something that crops up in basically all fandoms. Gatekeeping.
I could define Gatekeeping. Or, I could let comic writers and artist Noelle Stevenson do it for me.
As I’ve talked about previously, much of the joy and point of being a geek is finding others like us, finding those who share our loves and joining together. However, in group forming, in identity forming, in self-defining, one of the problems is that we inherently exclude others.
Posted in Comics, Gaming, Geek 501, IRL
Tagged Definitions, Doctor Who, fandom, Gatekeeping, Geek, GingerHaze, Nerd, Noelle Stevenson, Reboots, Star Trek, Star Wars