More on Beautiful Geeks

I’ve got some links today following up on the other day’s long post about auditioning for Beauty and the Geek and attending Nerd Nite in Boston over the weekend. I called it “Polar Expeditions” because of the differences between the events, but the real polar expedition was made by my fellow geek “Karen”—LeDiva on Livejournal—who emailed me after reading my post and referred me back to her own post on the audition. Her journey also included some time spent with the women auditioning for beauties, which sounds like a whole other world right in the same room.

While I do often get to compare my field notes with other bloggers’ posts about events like Comic Con in a broad sense, this must be the first time I’ve been able to compare notes on such specific situations at such an event. I was pretty amazed to see how similarly we described it all. (However, I totally made up the part about her being a grad student. We agreed that we got along with one another, though, and more than half my friends nowadays are grad students, so somehow I just filled in the blank on that one for myself.)

Additional reports on the casting call come from Bostonist (link via Church in my last post) and BU’s student newspaper (which I remembered to check because I saw a guy taking photos and asked where they’d be). That rapping fellow with the MIT chains and LED belt buckle sure made an impression on us all, apparently.

Now, back in Philadelphia, I’m finding that “I auditioned for Beauty and the Geek” is a great conversation starter with people. I also find it both kindly complimentary and vaguely unsettling that people keep telling me that I’m clearly not geeky enough to make it on the show. I’m doing a whole dissertation on geek culture here. How much more geeky can I get? This, along with my lack of interest in running Linux, is another reason why I have trouble explaining to people whether I can consider this project a “native ethnography.”

Thanks to LeDiva for emailing and giving me permission to link her post, and thanks also to Ben from Nerd Nite for commenting on “Polar Expeditions.” Interviews can be fun, but It’s especially exciting to have people contacting me to volunteer information about the events I attend for research.

2 thoughts on “More on Beautiful Geeks

  1. I’d say that doing a dissertation on anything makes one’s first category Academic and then you can go from there. In part your worldview as you approach all of these things seems to be flowing from an academic place, and you are applying an academic framework to them.

    I don’t know that Academic and Geeky are the same. (Something, perhaps, about how being a good Academic means being more Earnest* than most Geeks seems about their pursuits.)

    *I spend about a minute trying to come up with a better word than Earnest: Trying for something like “Seeing their work as both important in the micro (Important to themselves and their careers) and macro (Important to Humanity (or the academe?) senses of the word–I’d say geeky pursuits lack the macro sense (at least generally speaking…the Geek Culture Manifesto stuff might be building toward something like that).

    Alas and Alack, I must go learn to be a programmer now.


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