Michael Breakfield of Lone Star Comics on the Word 'Geek'
'Really Shouldn't Bother Me, but…'
Published: 12/10/2012 03:40am
Michael Breakfield of Lone Star Comics in Arlington, Texas questions the use of the word "geek" in a couple of recent articles from ICv2 (see "Geek Violence" and "Geek Film News").
There were two articles this last week one titled "Geek Violence" and the other "Geek Film News." One is about a couple of terrible incidents that happened that involved an argument over the The Walking Dead and collector glassware, or as this article refers to these things as "geek culture." The other was providing information on some highly anticipated movies. GEEK Violence, GEEK Film News, GEEK culture, it's the use, or labeling rather, of the word geek that is bending me out of shape. I know "geek" is a silly word and this really shouldn't bother me as much as it does, but I can't help it. It reminds me of other media labels that need to go the way of the Do-Do, labels like "spandex movie" or "spandex saga."
These labels trivialize the very subject matter they're supposed to be describing. Maybe that was the intent. I don't know. And while I'm on the subject, since when did awesome movies like Terminator and Highlander become considered "geek films?" And what does that even mean "geek films?" Alas, I know this shouldn't bother me as much as it does, but C'est la vie.
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