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(CNN)   To all the geek posers out there in your brand new Domo-kun shirt that you bought at Target: welcome to the party   (geekout.blogs.cnn.com) divider line 275
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2012-05-30 04:39:33 PM  
The circle will be complete when geeks can give a technological swirlie to a jock.

/or is that Twitter?
 
2012-05-30 04:48:36 PM  
DOMO THREAD!!!
 
2012-05-30 04:49:40 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-05-30 04:50:44 PM  
My wife found a (quite awesome) T-Shirt at target that was Domokun playing space invaders and bought it for me.

I hardly would consider myself to be a geek poser.

/Most of TFA is true regardless
//CSB
 
2012-05-30 04:50:50 PM  
Why do all the girls at this party have mustaches and smell like cats?
 
2012-05-30 04:50:58 PM  
Wha... what the fark am I reading?

Geek chic was old by 2007. Who brought it back and why wasn't I informed? Last I checked bar hopping douchebag was still in fashion, at least from what I see the kids wearing at university.
 
2012-05-30 04:51:22 PM  
While I agree with his basic premise about how people have tried to steal nerdhood as some trendy cool thing ("I just watched that Iron Man movie... I love being a nerd! /duckface") and how every article explaining how "geek is the new sexy" features pictures of attractive celebrities wearing glasses as evidence of this, but...

I've seen geek posers whip out their iPhones while wearing the Secret Wars or Domokun t-shirts they bought at Target for $9.99, telling their friends what a great time they're going to have at DragonCon or San Diego ComicCon, as if those are the happening parties of the day.

...what makes you think you can tell the difference between a real geek and a poser just based on that sort of thing? I have a $10 Domokun t-shirt I bought at Target, and I've talked to my friends in public about Blizzcon because talking about interests is what people do. Nice elitism at the end, there. You're giving nerds a bad name, Hipster Nerd Snob.
 
2012-05-30 04:51:55 PM  
Written by a dude that doesn't look like a geek.
 
2012-05-30 04:52:29 PM  

natmar_76: Wha... what the fark am I reading?

Geek chic was old by 2007. Who brought it back and why wasn't I informed? Last I checked bar hopping douchebag was still in fashion, at least from what I see the kids wearing at university.


Sup bra? U mad?!?!

/self-inflicted gunshot please
 
2012-05-30 04:52:31 PM  
Like I'm going to read that shiat
 
2012-05-30 04:52:36 PM  
Geek goes "wah."

"You're not real geeks! Real geeks are geeky! And, when you've moved on, we'll still be the anti-social, ADHD, creepy geeks we've always been! So, If geek is finally cool, dammit, we're cooler than you!!"

"What? Real geeks aren't cool?

"...well... damn..."
 
2012-05-30 04:53:00 PM  
Just a shirt?
sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net

//Halloween last year
 
2012-05-30 04:53:29 PM  
I become giddy the second I meet someone who loves art but hasn't seen or read "Akira."

Born January 24 1977
+
Akira The english movie came out in 1988 making him 11.
=
Meh, my lawn get off it.

(Akira is essentially about a monster that destroys Tokyo, derivative of what other, older work of fiction?)
 
2012-05-30 04:53:30 PM  
is this a plug for Joe?
 
2012-05-30 04:53:46 PM  
Isn't it spelled "poseur?"
 
2012-05-30 04:54:53 PM  
Editor's note: When he's not teaching the Internet how to fist-fight, why being weird is awesome or how to self-publish your own books, Joe Peacock tours the world, showing his extensive "Akira" art collection. He has 13 cats and loves you.

We know who you are. You shine like a beacon. Geeks aren't blind: We see you, geek poser.


...dude, you write for CNN. I hate to break this to you...
 
2012-05-30 04:54:59 PM  
Hey, you like the same thing I like now! Let me castigate and criticize you for it!

Hmm, how come I don't have any friends.
 
2012-05-30 04:55:39 PM  

Langston: The circle will be complete when geeks can give a technological swirlie to a jock.

/or is that Twitter?


I was thinking XBox Live myself, but I can see that too..
 
2012-05-30 04:57:01 PM  

Papa Rotsy: Isn't it spelled "poseur?"


Not the way skateboarders do it, and if this guy knows what Gleaming the Cube even was, he's probably drawing on that vocabulary.
 
2012-05-30 04:57:08 PM  
Geek wannabe hipster.
/ he's a hater just the same.
 
2012-05-30 04:57:12 PM  
author can go fark himself, as can anime fan boys. an interest in japanimation or tentacle comic books doesn't make one a geek. morans.
 
2012-05-30 04:57:26 PM  
Real geeks don't advertise.

/hates the posers
 
2012-05-30 04:57:28 PM  
:Sees Joe Peacock on another shiatty blog; closes tab.
 
2012-05-30 04:58:00 PM  

Bloody William: Editor's note: When he's not teaching the Internet how to fist-fight, why being weird is awesome or how to self-publish your own books, Joe Peacock tours the world, showing his extensive "Akira" art collection. He has 13 cats and loves you.

We know who you are. You shine like a beacon. Geeks aren't blind: We see you, geek poser.

...dude, you write for CNN. I hate to break this to you...


THIS^^^^
 
2012-05-30 04:58:09 PM  
Am I the only one who made it about 4 paragraphs in before losing interest in finding out whatever point the author was eventually gonna get to?
 
2012-05-30 04:59:04 PM  
Joe Peacock liked your favorite band before they were mainstream.

What a sanctimonious twunt.
 
2012-05-30 04:59:24 PM  
"It only counts when I do it. My way."
 
2012-05-30 04:59:58 PM  
Isn't this basically a "I was [blah] before it was cool" article? I hate those. I'm a geek, but I don't need to get all sanctimonious about it. Well, not as much as the douche author.

And 13 cats? Come on dude. My grandma has around a dozen, and we worry about her.
 
2012-05-30 05:00:25 PM  
NO TRUE SCOTSMAN!!
 
2012-05-30 05:00:30 PM  
Uh, no and not. I still have my first Atari 2600 and have built all the desktop computers I have ever used and still have my playstations, genesis, Atari Jaguar and have been coding for a living for almost 20 years now and used to be in my high school's dungeon and dragons club and preordered Diablo 3, but I am not a geek. People have come to associated some strange attributes with geek, like technology. But at it's heart, geek is the socially awkward guy that's never in the inner circle because they don't understand that other people may not give a crap about their crap at all and they don't care to stop and check to see if that is the case. Being excited about technology or adept at it's application does not a geek make. Think of the guy in "War Games" that Matthew Broderick took his list of war-dialed numbers to for inspection. Now, think of his co-worker that snatched away the list and had to be reminded when he was acting anti-social. That was your geek. You can try and warp the definition to be somebody cool with gadgets, but that is your legacy.

/and I sometimes use examples from "War Games"
 
2012-05-30 05:00:35 PM  

imprimere: Am I the only one who made it about 4 paragraphs in before losing interest in finding out whatever point the author was eventually gonna get to?


also this ^^^^
 
2012-05-30 05:00:54 PM  

imprimere: Am I the only one who made it about 4 paragraphs in before losing interest in finding out whatever point the author was eventually gonna get to?


Nope. I trailed off in the middle, too.
 
2012-05-30 05:00:55 PM  
What an insufferable douche canoe.

It makes much more sense to pay $9.99 for a Domo shirt at Target then, at least, three times that on J-List.
 
2012-05-30 05:01:09 PM  

Papa Rotsy: Isn't it spelled "poseur?"


yeah, subby, you Poseur.
 
2012-05-30 05:01:32 PM  
I must be getting old because I can't seem to find the energy necessary to get worked up over this.
 
2012-05-30 05:01:35 PM  
I've only come across that guy once before, but he strikes me as a charlatan. Though he gets cred for looking like he never left 1999.
 
2012-05-30 05:02:07 PM  

Quasar: While I agree with his basic premise about how people have tried to steal nerdhood as some trendy cool thing ("I just watched that Iron Man movie... I love being a nerd! /duckface") and how every article explaining how "geek is the new sexy" features pictures of attractive celebrities wearing glasses as evidence of this, but...

I've seen geek posers whip out their iPhones while wearing the Secret Wars or Domokun t-shirts they bought at Target for $9.99, telling their friends what a great time they're going to have at DragonCon or San Diego ComicCon, as if those are the happening parties of the day.

...what makes you think you can tell the difference between a real geek and a poser just based on that sort of thing? I have a $10 Domokun t-shirt I bought at Target, and I've talked to my friends in public about Blizzcon because talking about interests is what people do. Nice elitism at the end, there. You're giving nerds a bad name, Hipster Nerd Snob.


This, this, so much THIS.

I know I talked my friends' ears off about my trip to PAX Prime last year. It's not because I'm not a "real geek", but because it was exciting and I had more fun than I can remember. Frankly, I'm glad geek is mainstream-ish now; I'm not such an outcast anymore. I have more opportunities to talk about my latest tech exploits, or pop culture finds, or what not, and because it's not such a shameful thing anymore, people will actually listen to me instead of immediately writing me off. Like the guy said, real geeks love to share, and I've never had the opportunity to share like I do now.
 
2012-05-30 05:02:14 PM  
What a dumb argument and a dumb article. Also, a dumb author.

You can have my domo-kun t-shirt that i didn't have to pay $20 for out of my cold dead hands.
 
2012-05-30 05:03:17 PM  
I was geek before geek was cool, and all poser geeks are just doing it to fit it, but geek is who I am, because I don't conform to a standard, even though I'm referencing a clearly defined standard for geek in order to exclude people I don't think are cool, because I'm a non-conformist like all the other true geeks.

Replace "geek" with "punk," and it's the late 80s, early 90s all over again.
 
2012-05-30 05:03:25 PM  
I don't get why people get in such a huff when others begin to co-opt "their" lifestyle. Is it somehow diluting your credibility as a [fill in the blank]?
 
2012-05-30 05:03:36 PM  

HeartBurnKid: Quasar: While I agree with his basic premise about how people have tried to steal nerdhood as some trendy cool thing ("I just watched that Iron Man movie... I love being a nerd! /duckface") and how every article explaining how "geek is the new sexy" features pictures of attractive celebrities wearing glasses as evidence of this, but...

I've seen geek posers whip out their iPhones while wearing the Secret Wars or Domokun t-shirts they bought at Target for $9.99, telling their friends what a great time they're going to have at DragonCon or San Diego ComicCon, as if those are the happening parties of the day.

...what makes you think you can tell the difference between a real geek and a poser just based on that sort of thing? I have a $10 Domokun t-shirt I bought at Target, and I've talked to my friends in public about Blizzcon because talking about interests is what people do. Nice elitism at the end, there. You're giving nerds a bad name, Hipster Nerd Snob.

This, this, so much THIS.

I know I talked my friends' ears off about my trip to PAX Prime last year. It's not because I'm not a "real geek", but because it was exciting and I had more fun than I can remember. Frankly, I'm glad geek is mainstream-ish now; I'm not such an outcast anymore. I have more opportunities to talk about my latest tech exploits, or pop culture finds, or what not, and because it's not such a shameful thing anymore, people will actually listen to me instead of immediately writing me off. Like the guy said, real geeks love to share, and I've never had the opportunity to share like I do now.


Oh, and I have a $10 NES controller T-shirt from Target that I wear all the farking time. I had to buy another one because I wore holes into my old one (speaking of, if anybody knows where I can find the one that says "Know your roots" on it, I'd be grateful).
 
2012-05-30 05:03:55 PM  

Langston: The circle will be complete when geeks can give a technological swirlie to a jock.

/or is that Twitter?


What does a UGA graduate call a Georgia Tech Graduate?

Boss

/old one i remember my Dad telling me about how life finds a way to balance out after High School
//ATL represent
 
2012-05-30 05:04:21 PM  
I'm tired of people saying that those with "geeky" interests are smart. Just because you like something weird or obscure does not make you smart. Quite trying to pretend you are.

/some in this thread may be smart, just absolutely sick of that generalization(he said it in TFA)
 
2012-05-30 05:04:48 PM  

HeartBurnKid: I know I talked my friends' ears off about my trip to PAX Prime last year. It's not because I'm not a "real geek", but because it was exciting and I had more fun than I can remember. Frankly, I'm glad geek is mainstream-ish now; I'm not such an outcast anymore. I have more opportunities to talk about my latest tech exploits, or pop culture finds, or what not, and because it's not such a shameful thing anymore, people will actually listen to me instead of immediately writing me off. Like the guy said, real geeks love to share, and I've never had the opportunity to share like I do now.


Yeah, and the expanded number of folks who consider themselves "geeks" also gives you the opportunity to hear about how geek guys are sexists misogynists and how you should feel bad for lording your privilege over all those poor, trembling flowers of geek women who just want to belong but YOU WON'T LET THEM, YOU RAPIST.

So yeah, it's awesome.

/also, the white knight per geek capita ratio has increased exponentially over the last 10 years
 
2012-05-30 05:05:28 PM  
I knew domo-kun was mainstream when I saw a bunch of it in 7-11 a little while back. They had toys, keychains, air fresheners, slurpee cups, etc.

/I was going to get a keychain until I saw that they wanted $6 for it.
//cheap
 
2012-05-30 05:06:18 PM  
This guy is a hipster, not a "geek". Anyone who needs accolades for doing their own thing like he craves is a douche.
 
2012-05-30 05:08:24 PM  

Heamer: I don't get why people get in such a huff when others begin to co-opt "their" lifestyle. Is it somehow diluting your credibility as a [fill in the blank]?


In some ways, I see the problem. I've read articles describing how it's great that so many women and adults are "gamers" and show comparison statistics between now and 15 years ago, but neglect to mention the definitions are completely different (playing Farmville was enough to throw you in the 'gamer' category). The problem with that kind of (likely-) innocent conflation is that it can lead to misrepresentation and misunderstanding, and the subsequent discussions are not going to be as effective because the definitions have become too fluid and amorphous.

In this author's case, though, his problem seems to stem more out of a sense of elitism and pretentiousness.
 
2012-05-30 05:09:05 PM  
Joe Peacock, with sweat and a dead man's balls
 
2012-05-30 05:09:48 PM  

Quasar: (playing Farmville was enough to throw you in the 'gamer' category)


You've got to be kidding me.
 
2012-05-30 05:10:39 PM  
trolled his comment section...

I'm such a nerd.
 
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