U-News Staff

Not all of us love computers, are highly intellectual or bite heads off chickens. But we’re all geeks.

I find it interesting there is a certain stigma to being a geek, and I’m not really sure why.

According to the Random House Dictionary, a geek is either a “computer expert or enthusiast, a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual, or a carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts, such as biting off the head of a live chicken.”

Oh, my. That does explain a lot.

But while I do love computers, and some would say I am kind of intellectual, I don’t see how that makes me an outcast? We all love things in life others also love. Some may not love one thing as much as another, but what’s the problem with loving something a lot?

Really, what is the difference between someone being a huge fan of UMKC soccer and someone who enjoys a good complicated board game on a Friday night? Sure, they’re different passions, but it’s all the same emotion.

What makes being a geek such a stigma? I found myself many years ago realizing I really didn’t care if people knew I was a complete dork for all things comics and games.

See the guy walking around campus in a Spider-Man shirt? The guy who was reading that “Dungeons & Dragons” book in the Student Union? Yeah, that was probably me. Am I ashamed? Not really. I’m proud, actually.

I’m a geek. So what? I find it odd people every day don’t think of themselves as geeks. “Geek” is a word that has been associated positively with nerd, dork or even eccentric, but can also mean degenerate, slob or weirdo.

There’s no reason for it to be derogatory. Love what you love, no matter what it is. So what if someone doesn’t share your geek passion for something? I’d bet if that person looked hard enough, they person would find something that person loves as much, if not more – something they geek out about.

So I say wave that geek flag high. Show you love your X-box as much as that person who loves their political science class. There’s no shame in it, we are who we are.

[email protected]