Fandom is not an insult. Part one: Trekkers, fans that started with a show and grew into a universe.

According to Dictionary.com:

fan (noun): an enthusiastic devotee, follower, or admirer of a sport, pastime, celebrity, etc.: a baseball fan; a great fan of Charlie Chaplin.
Origin: 1885–90, Americanism ;  short for fanatic

Fan is short for fanatic (which means: a person with an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm or zeal). All geeks are fans, but not all fans are geeks. Most people in the world are fans of something.

I used fandom broadly in the Geek Hierarchy. While it’s not a bad thing, I will say I’m sorry to the Trekkers out there. To be honest, your exclusion has more to do with the depth and range of your passion. I couldn’t fairly include you in a geek level because you are your own thing.  I could have said you were between D&D players and LARPer’s, but that would be wrong. There is more involvement than that.

It’s too big a group. You have your own levels. Heck, you have your own races. You have a structure unto yourselves.

So, with great consideration and whatever fictional power I have deemed myself worthy of having, I would call you Geek Prime. Movie and television show fandom was what started the idea of a geek subculture. Not only were you the first kind of “geek,” you paved the way for things like conventions and cosplay. You were the first to collectively band together to share in the the culture and joy of the show. You’ve inspired others to do the same.

In conclusion, I am sorry if you felt like I wasn’t giving you your dues. I consider Trekkers an important part of geek culture. We all owe you thanks and should give you credit for being one of the trailblazers for geekdom. So with that, I say, live long and prosper.

Coming Friday:
Fandom is not an insult. Part Two: Video games and why you probably should be a little mad at me.