Real Geeks

by Mitch on 24/12/2003

The other day I was talking to a friend and referred to myself as a geek. His reply went something along the lines of, “is geek the new cool of today?” This really got me thinking. Yes it is definitely cooler to be a geek today then it might have been 10 or 20 years ago. People admire geeks for their computer skills and their electronics intelligent, but I am not sure if it is “cool” to be a geek.

First of all, what is a geek?
Well, I will give two definitions, the 1982 version and the 2003 version.

1982: Some skinny guy with big teeth, glasses, warts on his fingers, plays with his butt too much and regularly says, “nei nei” and so forth. No athletic ability, no luck with ladies. A loser.

2003: Anyone who is passionate about something. In the words of Wil Wheaton:

“You know, it’s not good enough for us to watch 2001, we have to understand everything about that movie. And we want to know. It probably doesn’t matter to 90% oif the population that Hal 9000 missed plays in that chess game. But when you talk to a bunch of Geeks, you know, it’s a big deal.”

Geeks are usually into technology, but geeks are known to vary into many different types, including; Business, Arts, Computer Management, Computer Science, Communications, Engineering, Information Technology, Law, Science, Literature, Math, Medicine, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy and Technical Writing.

Geeks in 2003 are no longer socially awkward or unkempt, but quite often the opposite. Geeks rule the world, because information is power baby! In my opinion, the nerdy guy with glasses is no more; the geek has evolved to a higher life form.

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  1. 25/12/2003Kevin Wilson says:

    Besides being a GEEK being the new cool, it also has two other meanings according to the Online Merriam-Webster dictionary:

    Main Entry: geek
    Pronunciation: ‘gEk
    Function: noun
    Etymology: probably from English dialect geek, geck fool, from Low German geck, from Middle Low German.
    Date: 1914

    1 : a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake

    2 : a person often of an intellectual bent who is disapproved of – geeky /’gE-kE/ adjective

    Personally Mitch, if you are a geek, I’d like to see you perform meaning one and can provide you with both the live chicken and the snake.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and all your readers.