The fairly recent rise in “geeks” is very interesting. There weren’t really geeks when I was at school. Being a geek wasn’t a thing you were derided or praised for, it just wasn’t a thing. Everyone watched football, everyone watched Red Dwarf. There wasn’t a sense when I was growing up that liking science fiction was weird, uncool or minimal interest.
Until I went to college.
Then everything became very cliquey and insular and people like myself were suddenly weird. The “trendies” thought I was odd and uncool for being into nerd stuff and the “cool kids” thought I wasn’t cool enough to like all the stuff they all liked. I never thought I was odd or weird or tried to make out that I was, but it was decided I was, and who was I to argue? But not cool weird, like the cool kids, just actual weird.
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