We already know, they keep blocking up the lines to conventions and raising ticket prices. Now you can’t go to ONE of those things without the shoals of ‘popular people’ bumping into you (because to them, you’re still invisible). It’s like hey, I came here to get away from you people! You have tons of places to call your own! Aren’t the festivals enough?
They would’ve found the opposite if they’d studied geeks before being one became ‘cool’. Maybe they should replicate once it does go totally out of fashion, I sense that shift is already happening.
Now, by pure volume, most geeks are not real geeks. There used to be very few of us, so few that, in a given area, we’d all be on first name terms with one another and our respective interests (because LAN Internet). What do I mean by fakes? As in, they wouldn’t be seen dead doing half that stuff if it weren’t already trendy. And they have to post selfies to prove it.
It’s become an image, aping an identity. Ironic cultural appropriation.
The issue with social science is that it assumes the membership of a group is a stable quantity. With demographics, this holds. Sex, age range, race, nationality, all work fine.
When you involve social status, that assumption is false. In the mad scramble over social media, it never stops. It’s the musical chairs of our age.
Think of the geeks you knew at school as a ratio of the whole school itself. I knew, like, 5/1000, tops. That isn’t even one of a hundred.
And how do you count it? People who like certain (populist) films do not count. Yet I bet they went by markers i.e. wearing t-shirts, quoting a mediocre film or liking it on Facebook….
So yeah, fake geeks are only there for attention, what a groundbreaking discovery.
Further reading for further fun-poking