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The Evolution Of The Geek

March 15, 2011

In the past the word “geek” was a derogatory term given to people who were obsessed with a particular area of interest. Geeks were social outcasts that wore glasses and suspenders and they weren’t the most popular of people.

But I personally think that the term “geek” has different meanings over time as wikipedia.org states. I do agree in general on this meaning :-

  • 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 who is interested in technology, especially computing and new media. Which I myself am a big “mobile phone geek” in recently.

But it has been seen as recent times as a positive thing rather than a negative thing, but in general I agree that the terms does mean someone with a specific set of specialised skills (in a certain subculture) usually accepted in certain social groups. But I disagree that their interests are for personal gain, and I think it is for a subcultural gain (people with similar specialised interests), as it now as seen as positive to be a “geek”.

 

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