A notable absence.
Attempting to make a new blog, only to discover you already have a WordPress.
Yes, in the time since we’ve spoken, much has happened. Notably, I’ve finished my Bachelor’s, gone on for a Master’s, and become even more of an otaku freak. Now I’m an aspiring professional academic who figured, maybe I can get somewhere writing about my guilty pleasures.
A linguistic anthropologist by training, with mostly museum-related practical experience, my goal is to curate a space in which I can develop nascent ideas for publication about this grimy, labyrinthine, auto-referential place we consumer-citizens call home: the internet.
This blog is devoted to geeky pop culture, analyzed as a text.
Well, first of all, what do I mean by that? What is geeky, who decides it, and how does one analyse something “as” a text when it is not one?
First, the geeks.
Well, we all have an idea in our heads, and implicit understanding of what is meant by that. Yet it is so unbelievably broad as to refer to both everything and nothing. Do I mean only fictional intellectual properties, mostly SciFi and Fantasy? Or do I include gearheads, bronies, WWII buffs, and chess players? Is geek that attitude/passion towards a thing? Or is geek defined by the category of object upon which geeks fixate? Today, I sidestep this semantic problematic, but it will suffice to say that geek is in its essence subversiveness. This can be a subversive level of interest in something, or interest in a subversive thing, or a subversive way of interacting about and around a thing.
This addresses my second question of who decides: it is a collectively constructed truth, based on what people, in general, find to be “good” and “bad” ways of spending one’s already highly commodified time (including the generally agreed upon “badness” of spending too much time on anything that does not bring financial or social gain).
Finally, how can we address something that is not a text “as” a text?
Like a good story, we produce culture within a real time and space; there is unavoidable context, relatedness, adjacency, and orientation in the constructed work which hints through reflection at the reality in which it is produced. By carefully attending to and interacting with the components, histories, and conversations about pop culture “objects,” we begin to “read” it like a text, tacking back and forth between the world of the “object” and the reality it references (or does not).
Like the fabulous 1980s Fanboy Last Supper banner image featured above, geeky pop culture requires an extraordinary amount of intertextual literacy to be well understood.
Fictional worlds provide the necessary suspension of disbelief to disentangle and reconfigure embodied a priori like queerness, gender, race, class, ability, and creed. Geeky things give us the chance to look at the world with fresher eyes and dare us to see familiar sites from new vantages.
By teasing apart the intricacies within and between my favorite packets of media, I hope that this blog can provoke and develop exciting ideas about being in and experiencing our world.
Thanks for tuning in.