It's as old as cats versus dogs, the Ghostbusters versus the paranormal, or UT versus Texas Tech: the timeless struggle between those introvertive pocket-protector nerds infatuated with their role playing, databases, and Internet chat groups; and the fist-bumping sports nuts, chattering endlessly about their beloved team and players with their fantasy leagues...databases...and Internet chat groups...wait. Is there really a difference here?
Is there such a thing as someone who qualifies as a "geek" about their passion, but that interest just happens to be sports?
There is an entire subculture involving cosplay that is rapidly growing beyond the convention halls, and beginning to overlap more mainstream media and social outlets. With this increased exposure, however, comes the misconceptions and bias towards the art form, as well as towards those who embrace it, both recreationally and professionally.
Can an increased education and awareness of the nature of this activity help to dispel the misapprehension, both from the 'outside' observer? Furthermore, what can be done about problems of exclusion within the subculture itself?