Lately the term Geek has been thrown about as if all the world wants a piece of the pie and that everyone should be a Geek because then they are part of the in Crowd. There are now Sports Geeks, Political Geeks, Movie Geeks the list goes on and on…but at its heart…what is a Geek and why does everyone want to be one? Now I typically go for a much smaller lead in picture but I could not resist the simple idiocy of thinking that everything is Geek can continue…
…from the site www.geekologie.com there are actually 56 of these little critters and I think that we could probably add a couple hundred more if we sat down and really thought about it…but does this really bring Geek Culture together or does it water it down so completely that it is meaningless? For as long as I can remember I have been a Geek, part of what made me ok with that is that I really didn’t fit into a nice and neet box that could define who I was…I didn’t fit in and that is what made me a Geek.
I took a quick tour around the Web and doing a search on “Geek” on Google…man the times they have changed that is for sure.
Wikipedia has several definitions of Geek that really illustrate the muddied mess that Geeks have built for themselves:
- A derogatory reference to a person obsessed with intellectual pursuits for their own sake, who is also deficient in most other human attributes so as to impair the person’s smooth operation within society.
- A person who is interested in technology, especially computing and new media. Geeks are adept with computers, and use the term hacker in a positive way, though not all are hackers themselves.
- A person who relates academic subjects to the real world outside of academic studies; for example, using multivariate calculus to determine how they should correctly optimize the dimensions of a pan to bake a cake.
- A person who has chosen concentration rather than conformity; one who passionately pursues skill (especially technical skill) and imagination, not mainstream social acceptance.
- A person with a devotion to something in a way that places him or her outside the mainstream. This could be due to the intensity, depth, or subject of their interest. This definition is very broad but because many of these interests have mainstream endorsement and acceptance, the inclusion of some genres as “geeky” is heavily debated. Persons have been labeled as or chosen to identify as physics geeks, mathematics geeks, engineering geeks, sci-fi geeks, computer geeks, various science geeks, movie and film geeks (cinephile), comicbook geeks, theater geeks, history geeks, music geeks,sport geeks, art geeks, philosophy geeks, literature geeks, historical reenactment geeks, video game geeks, and roleplay geeks.
- A more recent school of thought sees nerd as being a derogatory phrase, while geek is simply a description. It is taken to be someone who is an enthusiast, often in things outside of the mainstream spectrum. It may also describe immersion in a particular mainstream interest to an extreme that is beyond normalcy (e.g. sports geek). Of note is that in this definition, there is no reference to being socially inept in the slightest.
So what do I see as the solution to the “watering down of the Geek Gene Pool” and bring our title that for the most part, true Geeks where with Pride back to its roots and expel the Johnny Come Lately’s that well add nothing to OUR culture and just don’t want to be left out of the great label game…well I am not alone in this. In the world of instant access, everyone can know everything…the problem is there are some people who should just stay in the dark.
I came across a leader for the new Geekdom…a fearless purveyor of truth who can bring us to the promised land…and guess what…he is on YouTube…long live Patton Oswalt and take a gander at his own personal Rant on the future of Geeks!
Well, I am not sure if that counts as a full on Rant but it felt good to get that off my chest. I am a Geek, shall forever be a Geek and no matter who decides the Geek de Jour nomenclature is, Geeks will always be a Class of their own.
Chris J Powell