The Seven Degrees of Geek
Going along with the whole fake geek girl thing (you can read about it here and here), I propose that there are degrees of being geek. This isn’t just true of Comicbook Guy geeks, but of all geeks, whether male or female, Sheldon or someone else entirely.
Why not? Not a good answer … okay, seven because it’s the perfect number (in Judaism and Hebrew). Plus, it’s an odd number, a prime number, and about four other reason.
So, if there are Seven Degrees of Geek, what are they?
- Entry Level Geek
- Slightly Experienced Geek
- Knows Some Stuff Geek
- Willing to Share Geek
- Starts to Wear or Buy Things Geek
- Somewhat of an Expert Geek
- Comicbook Guy Level Geek
1. Entry Level Geek
Individual who discovers some aspect of geek culture and wants to know more. This can include superhero movies, comic books, science fiction and fantasy, or conventions.
2. Slightly Experienced Geek
Individual who not only has discovered an interest, but begins to follow that interest to some extent. He / She might begin buying comic books, looking for the next superhero movie, or begin the quest to learn more.
3. Knows Some Stuff Geek
Individual who’s gained some traction within his / her area of interest, but is still a bit shy around other people. He / She is still willing to defer opinion or questions of fact to other geeks, but still has opinions that may (or may not) counter that of others.
4. Willing to Share Geek
At this level the individual is willing to hold a semi-intellectual conversation about things geek, but hasn’t quite gotten to the point of displaying geekness or geekitude to the world. He / She might own clothing or collectibles, but these are for display and use only in the home. However, he / she is probably willing to discuss, openly, the geek interest and express opinions regarding the interest, story-lines, characters, or other esoteric happenings.
5. Starts to Wear or Buy Things Geek
The individual has transformed into the geek who is showing off his / her geekness. Not just willing to talk about things geek, he / she is now showing pride in the esoteric, knows and identifies with characters, has an innate knowledge of story, plot, and other details, and is engaged in the geek culture. Probably wearing cosplay to all conventions, but may not live the part.
6. Somewhat of an Expert Geek
This geek is not considered an expert … yet, though the geek interest is not such that he / she has given up everything else in favor of the interest. There is some overlap with 5, but at this level the geek is likely to attend conventions, wear cosplay, and get into the part. He / She is an identified expert in a defined area of geek culture and is considered the go-to person for information and news.
7. Comicbook Guy Level Geek
The geek who is the living embodiment of Comicbook Guy from the Simpson’s. While not physically resembling Comicbook Guy, this level of geekdom has taken over the life of the geek. Cosplay is for real (mostly for women) and offers a lucrative income. Knowing about comic books, movies, and esoterica is true for men. The similarities in level of knowledge and details are the same between genders, generally, while specific about those areas may differ. Men are more likely to know minute details about history and characters; women are going to be more true to the look and feel of the characters. Both know way too much as geekness has taken over their lives.
Most geeks will fit somewhere along this spectrum. Many will find they are in different categories for different reasons. However, to find oneself somewhere along the Seven Degrees of Geek is to admit that you are a geek and are interested in geeky things.
This is not a crime and it is not gender specific.
Embrace the geek, share the differences.