- Angela Abar wrestles with destiny in ‘Watchmen’ episode 8 Sunday 9:05 PM
- Guy who runs Trump Organization Twitter account caught hyping up own tweet Sunday 4:51 PM
- People found out how tall Olaf is–and now ‘Frozen’ is terrifying Sunday 3:41 PM
- Rapper Juice WRLD dead at 21 Sunday 3:02 PM
- Embody Andrew Yang, fight other presidential candidates in video game Sunday 2:33 PM
- Ariana Grande spoke with TikTok teen who looks exactly like her Sunday 1:00 PM
- Beyoncé accused of paying dancers ‘low rates’ Sunday 11:58 AM
- Timmy Thick blasted for saying the N-word in comeback video Sunday 9:11 AM
- Netflix’s ‘The Confession Killer’ is a devastating and well-built portrait of a con artist Sunday 8:00 AM
- Swipe This! I’m ashamed to tell anyone about my online shopping habit Sunday 6:00 AM
- UPS facing backlash for thanking police after employee killed in shootout Saturday 5:02 PM
- Sanders campaign fires staffer after anti-Semitic, homophobic tweets surface Saturday 3:13 PM
- Brother Nature was attacked, says everyone just watched with phones out Saturday 2:45 PM
- Ryan Reynolds’ gin company hires Peloton wife for ad Saturday 1:24 PM
- Ex-vegan YouTuber accused of fraud after following meat-only diet Saturday 1:11 PM
Where YouTube’s Geek Week failed
Geekiness is not a competition. It’s a conversation.
Geek Week, YouTube’s week-long celebration of all things nerdy and Wil Wheaton, was a resounding success. There were countless entertaining videos produced for the occasion, and some hidden Easter eggs to be discovered.
We’re kicking off an epic, weekend-long geek war and we want to hear from you. Tweet using #GeekierThanYou to prove your worth.
— YouTube (@YouTube) August 1, 2013
It may be in good jest, but YouTube was sending the wrong message. Geekiness is not a competition. There shouldn’t be a barrier for entry or a standard to meet.
Yet, YouTube hosted Geek IQ, a test comprised of 10 different video clips (with help from Chris Hardwick, Freddie Wong, and Veritasium) where users had to identify the character, thing, or concept. With a maximum score of 300, your “IQ” was determined from how many answers you got correct as well as how quickly you answered them.
I’ve consciously called myself a geek since I was 10. That’s when I got my first copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone from a bookstore that no longer exists, and to this day it remains one of my more vivid memories. I’ve embraced that geekiness and have since become interested in a range of other things over the years, but I’m not here to prove my geek cred—nor should I have to.
For years, women have faced this conundrum. In fact, nearly 70 percent of women conceal their identity while gaming to avoid discrimination, and there have been too many accounts of harassment and misogyny in geek culture (particularly at conventions) to keep track of. For proof, look no further that than the Idiot Nerd Girl meme
“I don’t think geek culture should be pigeonholed as one thing,”Day told the Daily Dot in October. “It’s whatever people are enthusiastic about, and enthusiastic about sharing with other enthusiastic people.”
PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta echoed that sentiment on Twitter.
— Mike Rugnetta (@mikerugnetta) August 1, 2013
Having the most memorabilia, that tattoo, or going to the most conventions doesn’t determine your place in the geek hierarchy. If you think you’re a geek, you’re a geek.
That’s the message behind the Doubleclicks’ crowdsourced footage for “Nothing to Prove,” which seems like the sort of content YouTube should have been promoting in Geek Week.
After all, geekiness is not a competition. It’s a conversation.
And for what it’s worth, I scored a 217.
Photo via Caroline Frantz/Flickr
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.