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Old May 30 2012, 11:08 PM   #1
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Anyone else sick of Star Trek fans being called "geeks"?

Is anyone else as fed up with this term as I am? Now I am not an angry person by any means, but why do people who are not Trek fans insist on calling us fans of the franchise, geeks? I mean honestly.There are a lot of things that people who aren't a fan of the franchise can learn from it, it is intelligent and has all of the other things in life including, comedy, love, honor, rebellion, evil, good, etc. So why do people wrap up Star Trek's many years of brilliance and success as something enjoyed by a bunch of geeks? This doesn't bother me or anger me just irritates me to a certain extent. Thoughts?
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Old May 30 2012, 11:12 PM   #2
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Re: Anyone else sick of Star Trek fans being called "geeks"?

But geeks are cool.

Don't let haters or self-loathers tell you otherwise.
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Old May 30 2012, 11:14 PM   #3
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Re: Anyone else sick of Star Trek fans being called "geeks"?

Personally I'm not at all bothered by the use of the term "geek." I wear my geekdom proudly, as a badge of distinction. I enjoy being a geek.
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Old May 30 2012, 11:27 PM   #4
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Re: Anyone else sick of Star Trek fans being called "geeks"?

I'm disappointed that more people don't appreciate Trek as much as we do. But as far as being called a geek? Doesn't bother me at all.
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Old May 30 2012, 11:37 PM   #5
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Re: Anyone else sick of Star Trek fans being called "geeks"?

Take advise from Uhura, words are only words, they can't hurt you if you don't let them, why should someone be upset by words?

Plus, most of the folks who use Geek as an insult towards us, have their own "issues" to overcome. Geek kids will often fare far better financially later in life, then anyone who deemed it appropriate to insult them with "Geek"
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Old May 30 2012, 11:38 PM   #6
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Re: Anyone else sick of Star Trek fans being called "geeks"?

Embrace the geek label. Geeks have risen up to a more socially acceptable place in our culture.
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Old May 31 2012, 12:26 AM   #7
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"Age of the Geek, man!"--Alec Hardison on LEVERAGE.
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Old May 31 2012, 12:30 AM   #8
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I prefer "nerd."
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Old May 31 2012, 12:40 AM   #9
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Re: Anyone else sick of Star Trek fans being called "geeks"?

The only thing that bothers me is just the lack of consistency. Sorry but game of thrones and vampire stuff is just as "Geeky" as star trek, but it's in vogue right now, so crap like that gets a pass. The Star Trek 2009 movie seemed to help with the "geek/social outcast" image a little bit, but I maintain that it was so different from the rest of the franchise that it did nothing to help the "geek/social outcast" image of the prior versions of star trek. it just stood out as the only non geeky one.
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Old May 31 2012, 12:42 AM   #10
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Old May 31 2012, 01:13 AM   #11
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Re: Anyone else sick of Star Trek fans being called "geeks"?

Geek implies we're smart. All you have to do is look around here to know that's not true...
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Old May 31 2012, 01:17 AM   #12
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Doesn't bother me that much.

What bothers me slighlty more is the double standard that is applied, it's ok to be a fan of a sports team but not of a TV show.
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Old May 31 2012, 01:39 AM   #13
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The only drawback is having to bite a chicken's head off from time to time . . . .
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Old May 31 2012, 01:40 AM   #14
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Re: Anyone else sick of Star Trek fans being called "geeks"?

MacLeod wrote: View Post
Doesn't bother me that much.

What bothers me slighlty more is the double standard that is applied, it's ok to be a fan of a sports team but not of a TV show.
Oh, you can be a fan of a TV show...as long as it's the right TV Show
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Old May 31 2012, 02:05 AM   #15
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Re: Anyone else sick of Star Trek fans being called "geeks"?

I have good friends, a great family, a cool job, fun hobbies - and I am a geek. Nope, it doesn't bother me at all.
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