What do you want to be?
Everyone wants to be buzzworthy, it seems.
And no..I’m not about to drop a new Alice in Chains joint on you.
The age of the hashtag has brought us to obsessing about the person behind the product. As much as the work should speak for itself, it doesn’t puncture through what you look like, who you know, and are you geek/nerd enough. Geek. Nerd. These used to be derogatory labels. Then they became terms embraced by popular media. But now, they’re a means of separating the wolves worthy enough to run with the pack. ..That’s bullshit. I’ve heard many definitions of geek and nerd and the differences between the two. Anytime anyone identifies themselves as either, I fight the urge to say..
“SO YOU LIKE STUFF.. CONGRATUFUCKIN’LATIONS.”
What isn’t realized is that these words were embraced by popular media to sell a product. By making hasty generalizations about someone just because they don’t pick up on a Dr. Who reference, is falling prey to a gimmick. So much for nonconformity.. #poser.
As much as I’ve tried to dodge labels, it happens. I take it with grace (despite this post). But then I remember that we’ve been conditioned to assume when we don’t know. I didn’t make the above 90’s MTV-alternative reference to be “ironic”. Although, I have been called a hipster. It’s not as if I purposely research science fiction pop-culture staples. And it’s not as if have strong opinions about Lucas and Romero because I read it on someone else’s blog either. It’s because of something that really isn’t anyone’s business. However, I’ll let ya in on the big secret.
It’s a result of my upbringing.
Real shocker that environmental factors can make an impact on a girl of all creatures, right? I’ve already stated that I’m not a ranting feminist. But I cannot deny the fact that fanboy-ism is a rampant thing that does affect me because of my gender.
There. I said it.
Though I’m 29, I grew up with a brother 13 years my senior. As a result, I was blessed enough to be exposed to what was current during the late 80’s and early 90’s (more so than my peers). A small Kasey often sat on her brother’s floor wearing headphones blaring Concrete Blonde as she thumbed through Creepshow mags and The Punisher. Being the daughter of a ‘Nam vet, this daddy’s girl took an early interest in politics and franchises of the late 60’s and 70’s (like Planet of the Apes and Star Wars). I could go on but I don’t want to. Nor should I have to. In fact, I didn’t have to say any of that. The only reason I never had before is because showing off your “nerd” has become a dick measuring contest I will have NO part of.
Here’s all I ever wanted anyone to know (and some don’t).
Yeah, I float around to cons passing around glow bracelets to children. I really enjoyed doing that. I also enjoy boosting the morale of my indie con-family by reviewing and promoting their projects. It’s been an absolute pleasure. The vidcast conspiracy/paranormal show, Dark Blend was created as a means to keep the coffee talk going between my best friend and I when he moved. People viewing and enjoying it is just a bonus. However, there still seems to be some slight confusion as to what my end goal is. (This is partly my fault.) Though I have my hands in a wide variety of things, I’m a writer. ..A writer with a horror anthology dropping next month (actual release date tba).
And a writer worthy of your readership is what I hope you see.
-Kasey PierceShare This Post:by