Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Geek Paradigm

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geek [geek]
a person who has excessive enthusiasm for and some expertise about a specialized subject or activity

nerd [nurd]
noun Slang
an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit: a computer nerd.

dork [dawrk]
Slang. a silly, out-of-touch person who tends to look odd or behave ridiculously around others; a social misfit

For thousands of years it was considered undesirable to be a nerd, geek, or dork.  More recently, nerds have risen up to claim their fame, geek has become chick, and even dorks have their place.

Folks, it's now mainstream to be one of these three heretofore awkward social misfits.   Through media, television, and movies, we've all fallen in love with geeks, took note of our own nerdiness, and we're alright with this. 

Being a nerd is cool.  Being a geek is hot.  Guys?  Chicks dig nerds.  We heart geeks.

We're a proud group of people and we are rising up in strength and numbers.  We are taking over the world.  I am proud to consider myself a nerd.

In fact, if I could, I'd run away to a deserted island with nothing but nerds to keep me company.

There's such a fine line between geek, nerd, and dork it's quite possible for the three to overlap their traits and one person to be a little of each.  I like to think I'm a little bit geek, a whole lot of nerd, and slightly dorky.

Underlying even these three distinctions, there's genres within the titles.  Shall we discuss?

Oh, let's!

Perhaps the most famous of all the nerds, we have the computer geek.

Often confused with nerds, computer geeks are super intelligent and tend to focus most of their know how into computers.  The hardware, the software, the internets, programming, and the coding.  They often have "Frankenstein" parts to several hundred computers lying around the house in case they decide to build a super machine. 

We can't forget our Gamers.  The Video Game Nerds are an important part of geek culture.  These nerds have so many options.  Consoles, computers, handhelds, and smart phones.  First person shooters, driving games, role playing games, and online with other geeks.  They fight Zombies, shoot people, and I'm to understand sometimes they're hit men?  

Then there's the Trekkies.  These nerds.

Even our President is a geek.

Whether they can quote every line Captain James Tiberius Kirk ever uttered, speak Klingon, or never miss an episode of The Next Generation, Trekkies are die hard fans.  There's contention in these waters, though.  The faction of Kirk fans vs those who enjoy Picard.  Heated debates can ensue, and if you've ever seen a geek all riled up in a nerd fight . . . well it's ugly.

Which brings us to another huge debate among the geeks. . .  If you're not a Trekkie it's very likely you're a Star Wars nerd. 

This is where I would tell you there's a huge debate among the Star Wars geeks, too, but I like to believe (and have faith) that all true Star Wars fans think Episodes 1-3 suck.  Don't tell me any different.  You'll give me a sad and piss me off, and remember what I said about angry nerds? We're not pretty. 

It's rare to find them, but there exists nerds who enjoy both franchises. 

Yes, dreamers, that is a Zombie Star Trek book.  Talk about cross genres that make me need to change my Wonder Woman panties. 

Moving on to the Dungeons and Dragons nerds. 

Also falling into this category are other role playing games such as Vampire the Masquerade, for the nerds from the dark side (see what I did there?), the Renaissance geeks, and those nerds that LARP.  These are the Role Playing dorks.  Most of us just sit around a table or a living room with snacks and drinks for our fantasy time, but some enjoy dressing up in full costume and spending the day at a local Ren Fair pretending to be someone else. 

Speaking of pretending and dressing up, this brings me to Comic Con nerds, which is a sub-genre of the Comic Book Geek.  

Your typical Comic Book Geek is introspective and quiet.  There are those that do enjoy social gatherings, dressing in costume, and gathering in a large space with hundreds of other nerds to celebrate our geekdom.  

Comic Books are serious business

Comic Book Geeks are similar to, but should not be confused with, Anime Nerds.

Smart nerds are usually referred to as geeks and can be further separated into the Science Geeks and The Math Nerds.

I are smart

There's the Book Worms.  Book Nerds love to read, and I would go out on a limb here and say they're a sub-genre of the English Geek.  Often found with their nose buried in a book, these nerds get super involved in their stories and feel a sense of loss upon finishing a novel.

The English Geeks.  Y'know who I'm talking about.  Writers, readers, authors, and bloggers. Those who do stuff with their words, can spell well, are always grammatically correct, and are never afraid to correct others' mistakes. 

We all know at least one. 

Speaking of Book Worms, I think it's safe to say that Potter Heads get their own place on the totem pole of Nerds.  

Of course, the Lord of the Rings geeks claim a piece of land.   

One ring to rule them all.
. . . And we can't forget the Whovians.

At the end of the day, unless you're a completely narcissistic douche bag, you've probably got a little bit of nerd in you somewhere.  Tap into that, bitches.  Find your inner geek and get it on.  

Did I tell you we're taking over the world?  You may want to be a part of that. 

I am a proud Book Worm, Comic book loving, Super Hero worshiping, RP playing, Ren Fair attending, Grammar Nazi, Potter Head, Trekkie, Star Wars geeking, LoTR fan, who loves video games, computers and also writes.  

Also, nerds are hot. 

That's a whole lot of sexy 

Be proud of who you are.  Embrace your inner geek.

I leave you with this:

Want to find out if you are a geek, nerd, or a dork? Take this test! 

I scored, "Modern, Cool Nerd."  Fucking A right.