Letters to Militant Geek


What's this about Jocks?
By Daniel Schwartz and Voltaire

Okay, so people call you a 'geek', 'nerd', 'dork', or something to that defect. You're not alone. In fact, we can say in all truthfulness that we feel your pain. I mean, why else would we write for this magazine? Now let's take this one step further. WHO is calling you a 'geek' et al? Obviously, with few exceptions, non-geeks. But there are a lot of those. You look for somebody to get mad at, somebody who epitomizes the non-geek, the anti-nerd, the Olympic swimmer of the mainstream. Who do we find? Jocks. The sports-players, the homecoming king, the baseball star. These people are everything most of you are not. So what do we do? We hate them. We insult that which they hold dear and demean the things they value. Now wait just one damn minute here. We've seen this pattern before. Yup. We're doing it, too. We're discriminating against people who aren't like us. We're generalizing about a group who does things and grooves to scenes we don't. We're doing what they have been doing all along. We, as the downtrodden, are doing some trodding of our own. But it's different, some may say. They (jocks) are mean and abusive and evil all over. Yeah, right. And here's a bridge in Brooklyn with your name on it. Some of my best friends, the most tolerant and caring people I know, are baseball players and master fencers. Likewise, some of the least tolerant people I know, including myself, subscribe to this very publication (no offense is intended to the easily offended reader)! Granted, these may be exceptions to the rule, these cases we have stated. But what are geeks but exceptions? How can we spite others when we have borne such spite ourselves? Are we so hypocritical, so blind, that we can strike out with the wounds of other's blows so fresh on our skin? Remember, you can scorn an establishment, you can ridicule a society, you can rage against the machine, but human beings, individuals, are deserving of the same respect we fight for. Why not, instead of copying the oppressor, set an example for him? BE the tolerant, caring people we want so much for others to be. Put in a kind word to those who are down, say hi to jocks and geeks alike. If we want to bridge the gap between the two, it is we who must begin building.

Daniel Schwartz is a theater/rpg geek with too much free time. Voltaire was a French leader of the Enlightenment, also with too much free time. In their first collaborative work, they salute all the underdogs out there.

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Heyhey, peoples.
Jus' mailing to say...merry randomcollectionofmostlypagancustomsthrowntogetherbyanevilBorglikecorporationsolelyforpurposesofmakingmoney to all at Militant Geek.
-Voodoo Fysh

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Awright, we get the point--it's been a while between issues. But thanks!


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Cool site! Dig the design and...even though I secretly long for the days when we geeks were not "Cool", I still wouldn't trade these days. Anyway. Thought you might get a laugh out of this guys homepage (NOT the freaking MAhir guy, thank you.)
Grandpa can swill gin and raise hell with his radio controlled dunebuggy...I Would say he's the coolest guy on the 80-something scene today. He is...MILTON MILLS!!
dan kennedy

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To who ever it my concern,
I would just like to say that the word "Geek" is a stupid word that equally stupid Americans made up to call people who happen to like things they don't. Hear in merry old England we (well the people in Nottingham-Home of Robin Hood-)don't use the word "Geek" I for one might be considered a geek as I am always last to be picked in P.E, watch DS9 on Sky One and listen to garage instead of pop. But I'm much better at other subjects and it pays of to be a goodie-goodie. I have lots of friends, in and out of school and also have a social life. Do you think I'm a Geek?!
So, who defines your so called word, Geek?
Thanks, Oryaym@yahoo.com
P.S
Also, what is the American obsession with popular people and geeks? We don't have that stereotype over 'ere!

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Well, we all know the theory about the English. But from my experience, your PS is a bit off-topic--ever heard the phrase "lager louts"? Think of these as the English anti-geek. Or perhaps the Welsh are your UK geeks--or is that "gits"? I can never keep it straight.


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hello!
i just wanted to let you know that i really enjoyed your article about lance landers. i am lance's step father. his mother and i have been married since he was 4 years old so i probably know as much about what makes him tick as anyone. i'll let you in on a little secret. the cities he talks about destroying are his own. he is a sim city maniac! and yes he is a serious geek (just like me. hehehehe). i'm sure if you asked any of my school teachers (or my parents for that matter) there were times when they would have loved to just "throw me away". But they didn't and here i am 20 years later an actual productive member of society! Don't get me wrong, i didn't give up my "anti-social ness" or my contempt for authority. i just finally learned that it's better to play the game and keep your mouth shut. that will usually put you in the position to "fight from the inside" (i actually WORK for the government. hehehehehe). i like your description of lance because it fits me as well. he and i are both total geeks with extremely poor social skills but we can both be productive when we choose to be. and like i like to say... "fuck 'em if they can't take a joke!"
thanks again for the article!
thank you,
jeff vinson
LAN Team
Building 4030 Rm. 170I
850.922.7459
vinsonj@dms.state.fl.us

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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I am Lance Landers's sister and it was so wonderful to see anything about him in print that did not imply that he was an uncontrollable monster. It was so true his mind is so quick and agile in everything but social settings and deep down he is sweet and loving and gentle. I couldn't understand the abrupt aboutface the school system showed, these were people who had known Lance for most of his life. I can't understand people who say he is a threat, I have seen him at his worst and I am not anxious when he is with my own son. My son absolutely adores Lance and misses him when he is not around. I don't know what else to say but thank you for seeing beyond the sensationalism and bias that has been allowed to run rampant throughout this entire ordeal. Thank you for presenting him in a light that is not colored by fear and surface judgements.
Sincerely,
Elizabeth Wyatt
aaronsbeth@hotmail.com

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Needless to say, it was wonderful to get these two letters. I'm glad I could help.


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Hi,
This is mostly a reaction to Shofar's interesting article "Evangelical Youth: Christian Teens Considered." I really don't think that Shofar is seeing the whole picture as far as a number of issues go. The bit mentioned about sex always being part of teen-age life and so on I feel is a bit misleading. First of all you must realize that untill about fifty years ago there really was no such thing as a "teenager." The sexual revolution occured forty years ago, and until then sex was not nonexistant among the agegroup we now call teens, but for much of human history that sex was in wedlock (as marriage occured at a younger age).
Now I know that this point is a little moot, but it really ties in with what I want to say. I really don't agree with your world view or the world view of most of my peers. I'm actually a bit disapointed that even the self-proclaimed geeks buy into the current popular social definitions for the way to be. Shofar is advocating the mainstream belief system. The big three; Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll (ok, so not so much Drugs -- that one has fallen out of favor with the masses). How can we, the outcast, the so-called free thinkers, let our selves blindly accept the previous generations' paths? Look at our culture's recient history, our generation has just picked up where the last two left off. Now look around and tell me if this really looks like it works.
SEX:
If we have sex early and often it makes us better lovers. Who cares? Why should we waste our time consumed with "the deed?" I mean, don't we have better things to thing about than s-e-x? All of human history is sex-oriented, Rome fell because of sex, revolution war and death happen because of sex, the bomb happend because of sex, etc. Yeah sex is great, but come on, why are we so obsessed about something it takes a earthworm to be able to do? Yeah, if we have sex often it makes us better lovers. The theory is practice makes perfect. But sex will not make us superstars, will not pay the bills, will not get us anything more than a little meaningless joy for a little while.
Rock and Roll (is dead):
Music has saved no one's life. I'm a musician (what I consider a good musician, I play jazz, you don't get any more musicially-elitist than me), I should know that music hasn't got the power to really do the things we'd like to think it's got the power to do. It's just another art form, and while it definately has a purpose and should be supported, it should not be given so much attention. Rock and Roll is dead. There is no ifs ands or buts about that. Just look at the pop charts. More importantly, sub-culture music is dead. Punk is sunk, ska sucks, goth never was all that great, jazz is prehistoric, etc.. The mindless pursute of sub-cults is crazy and for everything the previous generations stood for and that we should rebel against. I used to be a ska-lover my self, but I realized just how nuts it was to worry about what's happening in the scene and all that crap. I was in a band for a while and I remember laughing at all the pathetic people who thought that because they helped flier or sold stuff for the band or whatever that made them higher up in anyones mind than the audience.
Drugs:
Rejection is the only true rebellion as far as drugs are concerned. How many people have parents that never tried a single drug. Not many I would guess. Why mess with the same thing they did. What did our parent's generation accomplish anyway? Daycare and welfare. Use that bordom, anger, whatever in more productive ways.
It really frustrates me to see my generation doing the same thing the previous gernerations did. The worst thing is the total lack of all the good stuff the others accomplished. We have no causes or crusades, there is no unknown territory as far as total out-and-out against-the-law-(at least socital law)-rebellion goes. We have become redundent. I leave you with one finial thought: The most famous conquest in history was exicuted by the Trojans; from within.
--Chris

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I was bored. I happened upon you by accident. Then I realised that there are people like me outside of yahoo music chat user rooms. There are people who can deal with sport being a pain in the arse. There are people who progammed in BASIC aged 8. There are people who don't believe in having the most kick-ass car. Milgeek, I Salute you 8-) vs :-{[
Love Marc in England
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