A guest blog entry by “hatersgonnarotate” (student, gamer, world citizen)
We are the most beautiful people at the parties. We are models, we are alcoholics. We are stoners. We are the girls at the club that are taking your guys. We are also the hermits that stay inside all day and play world of war craft. We are the boys who can’t talk to a girl without freaking out. We are the ones who go to anime conventions.
We are gamers, anime nerds , losers, and weeaboos. Either way we our our own subculture. Some of us keep this subculture hidden from the world, while others wear it proud. The important thing to know is we are here. What you don’t know about us “losers” is that there are dozens of subcultures within our world.
If I wanted to I could break it down into about ten levels of Nerdiness, but instead I’ll sum it up in just a paragraph.
There are two polar opposites within this subculture. There’s the good-looking, handsome, educated, and great with social skills group. This group generally blends into society. They dress nice, and have lots of friends. You probably wouldn’t even question their interests because they seem so normal. You see the stereotype for gamers tends to be overweight, anti-social men, and I can tell you we are not ALL anti-social overweight men.
There is also the group of people that do conform to the stereotype. This group tends to play World of War Craft, spending much of their time watching anime.
Just like high school each group has separated themselves into cliques. The popular clique forces members that are not like them out of the group. Even though each member may have the same exact interest those who are not worthy of the popular clique are exiled. The popular ones will then proceed to bully and laugh at those who are not. The non-popular group will then begin to hate the other.
You see, the lesson is: even though society may view something as weird or different, the dynamics of cliques still exist. The structure of society dominates, even on the small scale, forcing those of a higher social class or knowledge into that of a position of power within the subcultures of gamers. While those who are not get forced down to the bottom, no different from the standard societal culture.
In the end our humanity all drives us to be the same. If you are not good-looking or social you get tossed to the bottom of the heap. Ultimately, this may force into existence the very subcultures mainstream society often wants to deny even exists. And all the subculture can do is recreate societies social order within itself, mirroring the expectations and power struggles of society as a whole, just within new boundaries.
Think about it….