Yesterday on Facebook a friend of mine started a rather contentious debate. She asked what would happen if she took all her conservative friends and all her liberal friends and put them in a room. The first few people that responded to her comment took a decidedly political slant. I hate conservatives, liberals are stupid. I hate liberals, conservatives are stupid. You get the picture, right? And then someone mentioned vampires, which led to zombies, brains and Janeway's Bun of Steel. We had ourselves a Geek Debate!
I may have ever so slightly helped completely derail the intent of the thread by throwing out my personal Best Star Trek Captain list (Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway. Archer didn't even make my list). See, right there, you all looked at those five names and immediately began crafting your response as to why I am totally, completely, blindly wrong. Admit it, you know you did! At the heart of the Geek Debate is the ability to take what would seem to be the most unimportant, mildly interesting discussion and turn it into an all out war with Geeks taking sides and allying themselves with complete strangers in an effort to prove they are right.
There are a long list of things that are ripe for Geek Debate. There is, of course, Who's the Best Star Trek Captain. Our discussion on Facebook started just last night and at 42 posts and counting we are still arguing that one. Another classic is which is the best Star Wars movie? (The Empire Strikes Back, duh) This can further be broken down into Originals or Prequels, Theatrical Release or Re-Release and so many more possibilities that it's a thesis length argument in the making!
The best part of the whole thing, despite what it may seem, is not proving you're right. Although I do admit that is a heck of a lot of a fun. The best part is when you suddenly find yourself a comrade in arms with people you didn't know. You choose your side, state your case, and then steadfastly stick to it with anyone who will listen and agree. In the end, not only will you win your argument (because no matter what, in your head, you're right and you win), but you may also win yourself a few new Geek Friends. Long Live the Geek Debate!