What is Radical Geekery? Radical Geekery is a personal and public blog that shares my ideas about radical living, geekery and everything between. These two subjects seem to be mutually exclusive to most of the world, but I wanted to share with my friends, family and community at large that they do not have to be exclusive and separate. Being a geek doesn’t mean you have to give up your personal stances on things like corporations, the environment and your political (or non-political views).
Being a geek can be a little hard to describe, but I think that Simon Pegg said it best. He stated, “Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.”
Artwork from Alex Jane
It wasn’t until recently that I completely embraced the geeky part of myself. When I was younger, ‘geek’ was always a bad connotation, so I tried to distance myself from it as much as possible. Even though I played Commander Keen at home, loved board games and enjoyed my favorite TV shows (Xena,Full House and Power Rangers), I was hesitant to label myself as a geek or nerd because that would have given people the ammo they needed to tease or bully me.
A few years ago, I started a British-born TV show that many of you may be familiar with…it goes by the name of Doctor Who. I had watched several episodic-type shows before (like Chuck, Pushing Daisies and ALIAS), but none had affected my life, like the Doctor. The stories he tells, the people he meets, and the things he does really changed the way I thought about life and who I was. It was the first show that I legitimately fangirled over. When I realized that I had started fangirling, I finally understood that I was a geek and that I had always been a geek. From the binary tattoo on my ankle, to the stacks of old PC games that I own, I am a geek through and through and proud of it.
Are you wondering about the radical part yet? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of radical is “having extreme political or social views that are not shared by most people.” I tend to be on the fringe of opinions and always have been (even though my opinions and beliefs seem to becoming more mainstream now). I believe heavily in environmentalism, equality, justice, education, compassion, love and choice. These beliefs have influenced my life from everything from my feelings on coal trains to GMO’s and more. But, it the big picture, it has changed how I see myself as a geek. I don’t want to be known as a mindless consumer who only buys what is ‘popular’ or well-known. I like to make and create my own items (or by them from small business owners) so that I can help support the people who love what they do and create a lifestyle of intentional geeky living for myself.
Happier Than a Bird Quilts
In the long run, I want to be a conscious geek who looks at the world around me and makes deliberate and caring decisions about the games I play, the food I eat and the things that I do. While this is an every-evolving definition for me, I feel like being a radical geek describes who I have always been at my core.