I've noticed that Chris has a genuine, often self-deprecating (even if in jest), enthusiasm for things considered truly nerdy (comic books, video games, zombies, zombie comics, zombie video games, video games based on zombie comics… you get the idea). I guess I would now consider myself a part of his audience that feels less alone in liking nerdy things and being proud of it (I’m creating a web-comic featuring zombies! What other symptoms are there?). Don’t get me wrong. I've worked at a few places where desks are covered in proud displays of geekdom which, from my point of view, say to passersby “yes, I’m a geek and it’s ok to like these things.” I’d say that’s a passive way to try to announce who you are but there’s still a very real fear of being “that guy” (even in a help desk). Generally whatever the flavor of “that guy” is in your office, it is a person generally avoided (if not shunned into pariahdom), whether its the übernerd, gun nut, cat/dog lady/dude, left/right wing politophile (who simply MUST know your position on insurance coverage of assault rifle abortions for transgender babies in China). It is, however, quite different when there’s a man on TV (while coming off a gajillion times as suave as I could ever be, for good or ill) displaying mannerisms that have ever been painfully branded by our culture as used by “the person/thing you NEVER EVER EVER want to be”.
I guess the point of all of this is: thank you, Chris Hardwick, taking another chip off of my social anxiety even though I’m sure to be quiet and socially awkward until the end of my days. I feel just a little less bad about myself.
NOTE: For those of you reading this who do not personally know me, I’m NOT being sarcastic. I’m generally not sarcastic in writing (or at least I try not to be… I think…?)
I guess if I’m thanking relatively famous people (as the list of people I need to thank that I personally know would bring down servers) for helping me not feel bad about who I am, I should thank Susan Cain for writing Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Truly inciteful, game-changing book for me. I’m sure I’ll spout of more about this later. (It’s what introverts do about subjects they’re passionate about.)
Other than that, a new panel is will be posted on Monday!