Walking around town you may have seen us. Geeks wearing nerdy t-shirts, Anime back packs and debating which Batman film was the best (answer Tim Burton’s Batman). Perhaps you have noticed that these individuals have/are increasing over the years. Care to know why?
Here in Glasgow, geek culture seems to have rapid growth. You may have walked past some of the nerd shops while in town, such as Geek Retreat, Geekaboo and Forbidden Planet. While the latter has been around for quite some time, Geekaboo and Geek Retreat are fairly new but have already made a big impact. If you have been to Geek retreat you know that it is more often than not extremely busy, with daily events and meet ups the norm. Also Geekaboo’s Halloween party had more than 200 people attending. That speaks volumes. Not to mention that Glasgow is the hometown of two of the biggest Scottish comic book writers, Grant Morrison and Mark Miller.
So why is Glasgow a Geek Hotspot? “It’s a brilliant place for Geeks. For a big city there is a lot of cultural diversity and that means there is something for everyone, ” said Meriel Kerr, 28. “It’s better than Edinburgh for Geeks anyway,” she joked. Others agree with her, such as Susie Gormley, 25: “You get a few funny looks but that is about it.” Dave MacPhail, 39, said: “Glasgow is a great place for Geeks. Society works, the people are friendly, what else can I say?”
The reason Geek culture is expanding not only in good old Glasgow but the rest of the world is because of accessibility. Thanks to the internet anyone can (for the most part) access anything. Anyone can go online and watch Anime or cartoons, even if they are not available in our country. There are plenty of websites that allow you to read Manga and comics online for free. It is easy to play video games online with your friends these days, unlike before. Previously, there were only a few places you could go to get your Geek fix, now you just need to log into your laptop, phone or tablet and hey presto! Unlimited Geeky goodness at your fingertips.
This is all fine and good, but what about nerd stereotypes? Do they still exist, and do people still believe them? The stereotype is of nerds being lonely older men living with their mums, long ponytails and overweight.
But, do you know any nerds or geeks? And, how many of them match the above description? Considering there are a lot of nerds out there, chances are you know at least a couple, and if you know at least a couple you know that this stereotype doesn’t hold water. True, there might be some out there, but there are plenty of nerds who don’t fit the stereotype. I know some girls for instance that you wouldn’t guess were geeks, but low and behold, they are. This stereotype is dated, exaggerated and should be consigned to the cutting room floor.