The year is 2014. This is an age where convention attendance is at an all time high. I'm not just talking about the conventions that your Mom and Dad went to for business trips; I'm talking about conventions that exhibit all things geek. Like anime, science-fiction, comic books, cosplay, and countless other ideals which make up the geek subculture. And it's not just conventions either. Websites and services such as Twitch are attracting millions upon millions of viewers to watch other people stream and commentate on their favorite video games, sometimes attracting higher ratings that some of your favorite prime-time television shows. Youtube has become a showcase for geekdom, with cosplay music videos, Let's Plays, Machinima, among countless other things geek. We've also seen television jump on the geek bandwagon, creating shows such as the Big Bang Theory, Face/Off, Heroes of Cosplay, and King of the Nerds becoming mainstays in nightly television. It's become no question, that we now live in an era where geek has entered the mainstream.
So it begs the question: Is geek even geek anymore?
I am a geek, as many of you can probably tell. My vice as a child was Star Trek and video games. Every week, I would watch Star Trek when it was on; whether it was a rerun of the original series or a new episode of TNG, DS9, or Voyager. It didn't matter. I was also a huge pokemon nerd, taking years of my life to collect all original 151 Pokemon cards (all of which have been lost with time). But this was also a stage where it was "socially acceptable" to collect things such as Pokemon cards, being the tender age of eight years old.
I still collected until I was 16, an age where your new priorities should be trying to get laid and drink as much alcohol as humanly possible without getting cited for underage drinking. You see, in a time where everyone around me was listening to Kanye West, going to parties every weekend, and doing incredibly dumb things under the guise of being a high school teenager, I was still collecting my Pokemon cards and watching my Star Trek. I would religiously read books like the Star Trek TNG Technical Manual. I was even part of a Star Trek PBEM (Play By E-Mail) Role Playing Group on Yahoo groups. I was the complete definition of a geek.
And I got teased.