Geekus is a geek caucus — in other words, an exclusive gathering of like-minded people drawn together to discuss a fairly narrow range of subjects. Books, movies, TV, video games, comics, and graphic novels are all fair game, but only if they have a certain geek cache. What qualifies as geek cache, you ask? A subject has geek cache, first and foremost, if a relatively limited class of people care about it passionately, often to the exclusion of more serious or constructive pursuits. While other fields relevant to real life on Planet Earth also qualify as having geek cache (there are science geeks, for example, and furniture geeks, and watch geeks), at Geekus we are mostly concerned with the fantastic, the entertaining, and the fictional. Science fiction. Fantasy. The latest David Fincher movie. Whether the Dark Knight Rises will suck. Whether Firefly is a better series than Battlestar Galactica, or whether somebody should watch The Wire rather than Mad Men.
That’s not to say that other, related topics are taboo. Those of us interested in space opera are likely to be interested in the latest space telescope photographs, just as those of us interested in film might like to talk about the newest advancements in digital camera technology.
But the main focus is on the stuff we use to indulge ourselves. Aside from possibly stress relief, there’s no real life benefit to playing three straight hours of XBox, but when it comes right down to it you’re probably more interested in talking about Portal 2 than you are about the national debt crisis. And that’s why I started this blog, because people who enjoy long, in-depth conversations about completely useless and trivial subjects are few and far between.