My friend Alex brought up an interesting question the other day. Are yesterday’s Nerds, todays Geek? Well my friends you know me, and here I have to go again and look up the word. Actually I should have done this a long time ago considering both my sons have confessed to being one. One of my sons actually makes his living working as one for the Geek Squad. So what is a Geek?
The word geek is a slang term, with different meanings ranging from "a computer expert or enthusiast" to "a carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts."
The definition of geek has changed considerably over time, and there is no longer a definitive meaning. The terms nerd, gimp, dweeb, dork, have similar meanings as geek, but many choose to identify different connotations among these terms, although the differences are disputed. In a 2007 interview on The Colbert Report, Richard Clarke said the difference between nerds and geeks is "geeks get it done." Julie Smith defined a geek as "a bright young man turned inward, poorly socialized, who felt so little kinship with his own planet that he routinely traveled to the ones invented by his favorite authors, who thought of that secret, dreamy place his computer took him to as cyberspace—somewhere exciting, a place more real than his own life, a land he could conquer.
What does all this say and how does it relate to you? As for me, I am a nerd that depends on Geeks to get it done. I have tried to make friends with my computer but it is obvious that it does not like my nerdiness. I on the other hand have no time to mess with its constant virus updates and mood swings! I want to kick install and boot it straight out of my life. This is, however impossible. I find myself stuck here in Geek world and totally dependent. The upside is that there is a little geek in me, for I too find myself more at home in a dreamy place that is more exciting, but instead of using megabytes my world is created by ink and I am the one creating it. You Geeks will probably disagree. Did I miss something? Go ahead and let me know.