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The Evolution of the Geek

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When you hear the word ‘geek,’ an image of a nerd with tapped glasses and a pocket protector instantly comes to mind. This infographic shows the evolution of the geek from super nerd to super chic. These days it’s cool to be geeky, whether you’re a film geek, tech geek or book geek. While there are still different levels of geekdom – one thing is for certain – geeks rule the world. GEEK THE EVOLUTION OF THE When one hears the word geek, images are conjured of pocket protectors and nightstands made out of old comic books. That old notion of geek-dom has since evolved into a new, tech-savy, and dare we say cool geek. GECKEN The term "geek" finds its origins in the 1500s, when it meant someone who was considered a fool. It is also thought to have come from the word, "gecken", used in 18th century Austria-Hungary to refer to circus performers whose acts included biting the head off of a live chicken. INTERNET COMPUTER GEEK FROM CIRCUS FREAK TO GEEK GEEK THE FIRST EVOLUTION Internet geeks became widely popular during the 90s' dot-com boom. This group includes programmers, web site builders and LEET speakers. GEEKUS PRIME It was not until the 1950s that the term "geek" became associated with those who were passionate or obsessed with technology, or specific sub-cultures. | Includes: History geeks, Science geeks and Math geeks. ACADEMIC GEEK STEVE URKEL UBERGEEK TECH GEEK POP CULTURE GEEK POLITICS These geeks became prevalent starting in 2004, obsessed with the ever-expanding collection of Apple products, inventing social networks and 'blogging. GEEK BOOK GEEK |Includes: Most fantasy-book geeks like Harry Potter, Twilight, Narnia and Lord of the Rings. BAND D&D YOUVE NIAAN НЕARD VOMBIE OF FEST DUNGEONS & DRAGONS MUSIC GEEK GEEK FILM Music geeks specialize in bands and genres of music never heard of before, such as Swedish fugal opera. GEEK Includes: Sci-Fi geeks, Horror geeks, Zombie geeks, Tarantino geeks and Rocky Horror geeks. COMIC BOOK GEEK WOW, OTAKU GEEK VIDEO GAME GEEK An otaku or anime geek is a derivative of the classic comic book geek; these geeks may also oftentimes be considered "Japanophiles". WORLD OF WARCRAFT GEEK Includes: Starcraft geeks, SIMS geeks and most other MMORPGS geeks STAR WARS GEEK STAR TREK GEEK FOOD GEEK 2 hel vet DESIGN GEEK ica GEEK CHIC VARIANTS GEEK CHIC A NEW DEFINITION THEATRE In the past, being described as a geek was considered an insult, for it reflected a certain manner of social skills or GEEK CATS At the beginning of the 21st century, a new trend embraced the stereotypical qualities of a geek. This look became especially popular amongst hipsters, who delighted in the irony of a |hip-geek aesthetic. status. Today, it is used to describe someone FANTASY FOOTBALL impassioned or obsessed by a particular area or interest. This reclamation of "geek" has even gone so far as to filter into commerce, with the ever-popular "Geek Squad" from Best Buy. 10 GEEK GLEE GEEK GIEE SOURCES: DICTIONARY.COM USA TODAY Flowtown. WIRED.COM MIX OF TECH AND URKEL

The Evolution of the Geek

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When you hear the word ‘geek,’ an image of a nerd with tapped glasses and a pocket protector instantly comes to mind. This infographic shows the evolution of the geek from super nerd to super chic...




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