Am I A Nerd or a Geek?

Some nerds and geeks feel very strongly about the difference between the two. It’s useful to know the difference so you don’t offend anyone.
The common element is that nerds and geeks are unashamedly enthusiastic about their interests. The main difference is that geeks are into things, while nerds are into ideas.
Consider Star Wars. A Star Wars geek is more likely to collect all the action figures and model spaceships to recreate the movies. A Star Wars nerd is more likely to read all the books, and so get super-familiar with the mythology beyond the movies. A Star Wars geek plays all the video games. A Star Wars nerd is the one making the video games (programming, etc.).
If you asked a “regular person,” they’d probably say that both nerds and geeks are lacking in social skills, although they’ll eventually end up on top of the social ladder. This is half right.
Since geeks follow things, they tend to catch on to the things that the public is into. As a result, they end up with passable social skills. Nerds follow the ideas behind the things. They can interact with their own kind, but they’re not so much fun at non-nerd parties.
Geeks come up with the cool new thing and make a fortune selling it. Think Steve Jobs. Nerds, on the other hand, pursue the ideas behind the things. Some of them come up with great ideas and make a fortune off of them. Think Mark Zuckerberg. But other nerds will just be working in the IT department. They are also super-important and probably make a decent amount of money, but they don’t have the high social status that geeks and some nerds have.
Some people consider it offensive to call anyone a nerd or a geek, regardless of the distinction. Really, nerd is not a good insult at all, but it is stereotyping. That’s why it’s good to look into specifically what nerds and geeks are.
Christians are called to understand people, so we can show love to them.  If you want to reach out to a nerd or a geek, understanding their interests will help.  This blog can help make some of those connections.

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A New Challenger Approaches!

A six-foot seven-inch tall man, rippling with muscles and handsome, stands before you, wearing body armor.  He wears a do-rag and has razor-stubble, with a Bible in his left hand and a katana in his right.  Smoke gathers at his feet, masking the corpses of his foes.  Those around him—and you—bask in his masculinity.  Just being near him makes you proud to be a human, proud to be an American, and yet somehow inadequate.

Now cast that image aside, because that’s definitely not me.  Except for the Bible, the facial hair, the armor, and maybe the katana.  There is photographic evidence of me with a katana.

My name is Isaac Trenti, and I am one of the three writers for this blog, The Correlation.

I have been involved in “fandoms” since sixth grade, when I got into The Chronicles of Narnia.  I was a huge fan of Star Wars since I was seven years old, though I was informed that it is more of a culture thing and not a fandom thing.  But before I was involved in fandoms, I was and am a Christian.

By profession, I am a writer of fiction and poetry.  By choice, I am a gamer and anime-watcher.  Some of my favorite games are the Legend of Zelda games, Assassins Creed, and the LEGO games, though I play others regularly.  I have enjoyed most of the animes that I have watched, and am currently working my way through Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, Rurouni Kenshin, RWBY (if that counts as an anime), and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, among others.

The things that I will submit to this blog will be related to whatever is of interest to me.  Don’t get me wrong.  There is a lot that falls under that category: video games, anime, TV shows, movies, how they correlate with Christian beliefs and values, among other things.  I should warn you, I may get a little opinion-based.

That’s me.

The Correlation: Where Faith and Fandoms Unite

White and nerdy – that pretty much describes me. I’m the type of person who spends myfandom free time watching Netflix, reading fan-theories, and celebrating badwolf day (with sidewalk chalk).

Here’s the catch – I’m also a Christian. Like many geeky Christians out there, I’ve struggled with the question of how my interest in fiction relates to the realities of my faith. Growing up I heard many times that fandoms are a waste of time and energy. But are they really?

People assume that fandoms are a strict progression from reality to fiction. But actually, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly fandomy stuff.

My point is that fiction and reality don’t have to be polar opposites, and fandoms and faith can actually complement each other. For one thing, fiction helps us empathize. While the characters may be fictitious, the emotions, moral conflicts, and human responses are all very real, and exposure to them can help you interact more compassionately with people different from you.

Also, fiction can be used to teach about or illustrate a spiritual message. Jesus illustrated his sermons using parables, which are – you guessed it – fiction. Here’s another thing – God created us in His image. Since God is creative, this means He created us to be creative. So when we create and enjoy what we’ve created, we’re actually imitating God, which is a form of worship! After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

So fiction isn’t inherently bad, and it’s not a waste of time either. It doesn’t even have to be completely separated from your faith. Like anything else, it’s a tool, and it all comes down to how you use it.

– Arth

Welcome to the Correlation – Noah

Last fall, I made another step toward what I consider normalcy. I started a Twitter account. My first tweet said, “Welcome to the future, where college classes require Twitter accounts.” This semester I’m taking a class in social media, and it requires the whole trifecta: Facebook, Twitter, and a WordPress blog. I’m teaming up with two other students—you’ll meet them later—to create an online community. We’re all Christian, college-aged geeks, so we decided to make one for other people like us.

We decided to introduce ourselves in our first posts. I feel like I’m sitting in a ring of chairs in a church basement.
“Hi. My name is Noah. And I’m a nerd. I’m also a Christian.”
I consider both of these things big parts of my identity, and sometimes it’s not easy to hold both of them at once. Most science fiction, for example, is based on an evolutionary worldview, which is contrary to Biblical Christianity. But faith and fandom are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Fiction can help illustrate spiritual matters, and Christianity can provide an interesting perspective on fandoms.

Welcome to the Correlation.

Honestly, I never know what to say in one of these things. In this case, I can list some of my fandoms. They represent my “nerd cred.”  I’ll be discussing some of these in future blog posts.
I have joint citizenship in the fan domains of:
Superwholock (Supernatural, Doctor Who, and Sherlock are different universes except on the Internet)
Marvel – Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, the films in that universe; also the cartoons
DC Comics – Arrow, the Flash, that Justice League show that premiered last night, Supergirl, Gotham, Smallville…and Batman. Lots of Batman. Also the cartoons
Joss Whedon – Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Agents of SHIELD, and Much Ado About Nothing.
Percy Jackson, the Kane Chronicles, and the crossover that Riordan should really get to work on
and more.

– Noah