It’s hard out there for a geek


This happens to me whenever they play Depeche Mode

Has this happened to you?  A comic book series that had delivered a story you already found satisfactory suddenly spawned “prequels“?  Or somebody rejiggered your childhood wonderment with some fast-and-loose film editing?  Did your favorite costumed hero acquire an underwhelming side-kick and a breastplate with nipples?  Do you live in constant fear that some day even your most obscure of favorites will be given the Lost in Space treatment?

Look! We found the last Facebook holdout!


In short, does it bother you at all that the treasures of our collective imagination are owned by heartless corporations lock, stock and barrel?


My solution isn’t for everyone, but I’ve tried to expand my interests into areas free of the vice-grip of copyright.  As a youth I read Dante not as a spiritual meditation but as a science-fiction and horror adventure.  (Having access to the Doré engravings helps greatly!)  H. Rider Haggard took me to pulp Africa that never was.  And fans of futuristic dystopia stories will get more than their money’s worth out of Plato’s Republic.  (I dare you to read the second chapter and not think of SimCity or Civilization.) No matter how terrible was Brad Pitt’s Troy, the original is indestructible.

The slayer of Priam's sons

Don't look back!

Our own Uncle Chudd is always consoling the bleating fan that “we still have the originals.”  Indeed we do; no corporation can take away our heritage of heroes and monsters, magic rings and dragon-tooth swords, journeys to Venus and Mars, time-travel and alien invasions, robots and lizard-men, satirical futuristic dystopia, and all manner of escape from the mundane and drear… unless we give it up willingly and forget.

I escaped my corporate fetters! Now what?

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  1. Buttery Wholesomeness

    04/07/2012 at 8:19 am

    I think I’d have read the Iliad and the Odyssey far sooner if someone told me that it was a bitchin’ war story. Then again, the same could be said of the Old Testament.

  2. If you ask me, a Fundamentalist is just another kind of geek. But that’s a post that will never be, given the rules here.

  3. Buttery Wholesomeness

    04/07/2012 at 6:29 pm

    Heh. A Good-geek, if you will.

    Not that you could, if you would.

  4. You’re not going to convince me there’s a difference between the guy who quotes Star Trek chapter and verse and the guy who does the same for a holy book. They’ve just chosen different vessels.

  5. OK, I need to go easy on the italics next time.

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