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it’s a mean town, but we don’t care


Title: can’t steal happiness
Pairing: Jeff/Britta
Word Count: 1,657
For: Libby, because she needed some cheering up, and I love her lots. She asked for Jeff/Britta domestic-y things. 


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There’s a saying which made its rounds in geekdom recently – “Real nerds watch Community”. Now I take issue with the idea of “real nerds” but the sentiment still stands. Whereas The Big Bang Theory sees nerd culture as an object of ridicule, Community celebrates it. Community’s laughing with you whereas Big Bang is giving you a wedgie and laughing at you. When TBBT makes a pop culture reference it uses it as a punchline, it names a show like Firefly and asks you to laugh at it. When Community makes a pop culture reference it commits. Community makes a whole episode based on a trope or a genre, it doesn’t just use paintball as a plot device it takes paintball seriously and bases two season finales around epic battles of paint. Community doesn’t laugh at the idea of playing D&D it bases an episode on it. Parallels can be drawn between the characters of Sheldon in Big Bang and Abed in Community. Abed too has trouble reading sarcasm and emotion, he has obsessions with routine and structure as well and disruptions in routine cause him considerable distress. Abed sees everything in terms of television and film tropes. This is how he understands the world around him and how he figures out how best to react. Unlike Sheldon, it is often confirmed that Abed does have mental difficulties, most likely Asperger’s Syndrome. But, crucially, the main difference between Sheldon and Abed is that Abed is treated as a hero. In the pilot episode Jeff Winger, arguably the most conventionally “cool” member of the group says this: “Abed is a shaman. You ask for bread and Abed gives you soup because soup is better. Abed is better”. In one episode Abed is literally treated as a god. Yes, his neuroses do at times inconvenience the rest of the group but his belief that they see him as a nuisance is dismissed as his own insecurity rather than the truth. Community positions us, its audience, as Abed. It knows that we are knowledgeable about the things we love, it knows that we understand tropes and genre conventions, it gives us the benefit of the doubt and treats us as intelligent human beings who will not only understand the meta pop culture references, but will find them funny and love the show for it. Community tells us it’s cool to be a nerd. If Abed is better then we are better. Community is a warm hug of acceptance whereas The Big Bang Theory is a pantsing and a punch in the face.




Greendale Guaranteed is a new Community RP to fill the gap between now and October 19th (read: February 7th), and to have active fun with canon once that date arrives. We’re loose, flexible, and various other things Pierce would turn into an analogy about women who do yoga.
Above are some of the many characters you can apply for and bring to life if you’re feeling so inclined. See who’s open. Familiarize yourself. And then, once your awesome levels are at their peak (and let’s be honest, they probably already are), apply to the weirdest school in the nation.
If that’s not incentive enough, sometimes Jeff takes his shirt off.

Shame on you people. It’s not our job to make Abed grow up. Abed doesn’t need reality. Abed is a magical elf-like man who makes us all more magical by being near us. (…) All we had was dumb reality before we met that man and he made all our lives better than reality.

requested by lacierva



DEAN CRAIG PELTON | dean / walking costume trunk | craigulardean

Flamboyant, cheery, and super optimistic. Balances out Greendale’s tendency to be occasionally lame. Always knock on his office door before going in. (And don’t tell anyone I said this, but yeah – he’s a good dean.)

POSTED January 19, 2013 @ 06:34 WITH 1,868 notes
REBLOGGED FROM: glramseys (SOURCE: greendalebeing)