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The Slut That Broke the Geek’s Back

This is a guest post by William Rome.

For the past week bloggers have eaten more bandwidth on Zoe Quinn than she did dicks to advance her career. The works of Matt Forney, the Bechtloff, and the Internet Aristocrat have nailed this psychotic slut like the critics that gave her good reviews. But she is just the most visible example of geekdom having jumped the shark. When it jumped, it was opened up for a total takeover.

Geekdom isn’t the first sub-culture that was invaded like this. Look at the history of punk music for an early example. It started at a small 1970’s club in the Bowery called CBGB’s, where bands like Television and the New York Dolls were performing something different from the progressive hippies that ruled rock. It was stripped down, raw and flipping popular music the bird. British bands like the Sex Pistols and Siouxsie and the Banshees were doing the same thing across the pond. So what happened? It got popular. “Rock the Casbah” by the Clash broke the Top Ten charts and it was officially over. After all, what’s really punk about one of the ten bestselling songs in the world?

The same thing happened in the late nineties to hardcore wrestling. Vince McMahon’s WWF may have been the worldwide ruler of professional wrestling, but in a Philly bingo hall, a group of rebels were doing things never seen in America. Table and barbed wire matches, weapons galore, and notorious crowd chants like “Holy shit! Holy shit!” and “E-C-W! E-C-W!” made Extreme Championship Wresting the punk of professional wrestling. Then its style got popular. The WWF went watered down hardcore during the Attitude Era and indie ECW couldn’t compete, its “Rock the Casbah” moment being the legendary Hell in the Cell match between the Undertaker and Mankind. If there’s nothing punk about a Top Ten song, there’s nothing hardcore about a show mothers take their kids to.

Geekdom is facing the same sad fate. I was a total geek growing up as an early Millennial. I obsessively played video games, watched bad sci-fi movies, read fantasy stories, and was a huge otaku with a large collection of anime. Now here’s the kicker: it wasn’t popular! I was a loser. Could I compare the Resident Evil and Silent Hill games with a jock? Nope. Did I discuss John Carpenter movies with the cool kids? Yeah right. Were any girl’s ‘ginas tingling as I dissected the Gundam universe? Excuse me while I laugh my balls off. Being a geek wasn’t a positive social identity in the youth culture of Britney Spears, boy bands, and Dawson’s Creek, just as it had always been since the Brat Pack and hair band eighties. It wasn’t something you sought out to be your identity; you were one because you liked what they liked.

Now a decade later, everyone from sports kids to fifty-something women claim to be some form of geek. Everyone wants to go to a Comic Con. Every attention hungry whore wants to cosplay. Seriously? What the fuck is a “geek girl?” Being a geek back in the day meant girls wanted nothing to do with you. Today there are so many they have an official moniker? When the fuck was this shark jumped?

I blame The Big Bang Theory.

The Big Bang Theory put geeks into the center of popular culture. As is the masses’ nature, they only want to be a part of something when it’s popular and respectable. Just like every idiot with a bad haircut or wrestler using a chair is punk and hardcore respectively, every fat girl that’s read Twilight or every frat boy that’s watched Game of Thrones is a geek.

Enter Zoe Quinn.

Punk and hardcore wrestling became popular when the masses were all about things being family-friendly. Geekdom has done so when the masses are perpetual PC victims. Of course there are going to be token gay characters in video games and feminists crying about sexism in comics, because those are what the masses are programmed to believe are the highest social values by their masters. Social justice warriors were inevitably going to take over, as they are the foot soldiers for the PC masses today, like the religious right was for the Moral Majority yesterday. And those producing geek culture are more than happy to be PC to keep them happy customers.

Geekdom’s takeover began the second Penny hopped on Leonard’s cock.

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