Geeks now have a movement no less.
The word geek is a slang term, noting individuals as “a peculiar or otherwise odd person, especially one who is perceived to be overly obsessed with one or more things including those of intellectuality, electronics, etc.”
But I’ve seen the Geek Advancement video now, so let’s update it:
The word ‘geek’ is now used by a huge proportion of the Internet population who own a Macbook or an iPhone, are pretentious, and like to pretend that they’re actually doing something incredibly rare, misunderstood or difficult.
They are likely to be mainstream actors; music stars with a penchant for ludicrously large trousers and dancing like a crab on a conveyor belt; or perhaps in some form of journalism. In a large number of cases they will be an attractive woman wearing a top cut so low that you can see her bikini line, but it’s cool because she’s a geek so she’s actually rebelling against the system and most certainly wasn’t ever a cheerleader, very often. Ok, so that was primarily because she was too busy sorting out being Queen of the Prom, but still. They are rarely socially inept or peculiar unless it is affected for promotional videos where they are being condescending to everyone they think isn’t part of their elite club.
Geek is essentially a term that has been appropriated by the high school cheerleaders, jocks and cool kids to represent the fact that they now have netbooks and smartphones and therefore mock other people through Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and Blogger rather than by passing messages in class.
You can tell someone who isn’t a traditional geek through a simple test:
Does the person in question constantly jabber on about the fact that they’re “such a geek” in a way as to sound like they’re an outsider while at the same time knowingly acknowledging that they’re part of a club of several hundred million people all of whom profess to be geeks too, as if in some sort of masonic ritual of fellowship? Do they like broadcasting this fact in incredibly public ways? Do they think they’re better than you because of it?
Yes? Then what you have there my friend is a Geek2.0. An iGeek. Geek2020.
A member of the Chic Geek Clique.
Saying that you’re a geek these days doesn’t mean what you think it means. It lost its meaning when people started using it as a badge of social aloofness, when the term became cool with marketing people in expensive suits who write on large whiteboards diagrams that look like Mr Messy trying to copulate with a Lego set, and when films started to be made that showed geeks saving the world and getting the girl and being Jake Fucking Gyllenhaal.
I’m a software engineer in the aerospace industry. I’m a techno-freak. A gadgeteer.
Some people even say I’m weird and socially inept.
But I’m definitely not a geek. At least I hope not.
‘Chic Geek Clique’ … surely the birth of a new meme.
Err, does talking about memes fall into the domain of old or new geek?
If Geek is passe and has been acquired by the stupid people, let’s be something else.
I vote for REEK (the RIGHT geeks) — I was hoping for Greek but those aren’t in the same order. Freek would work for me, since I’m French.
Pop that in your mental microwave and see what pings, hmm?
Fuck labels. The only time other people have called me ‘geek’ or ‘nerd’ is to denigrate me or my activities.
Tor has a good piece on it, including Wil Wheaton’s take.
Thanks for the links, Z, they are illuminating.