The Geeks Have Inherited The Earth

from the according-to-USA-Today dept

Well, I thought this stage came and went in the late nineties, but USA Today has suddenly discovered that it's cool to be a geek, and has come up with random (very weakly associated) ways that pop culture is currently celebrating "geekdom". At least the article admits at the top that most actual geeks will probably scoff at the article and the points it tries to make - but they don't really care. The article is clearly targeted at non-geeks, so its own lack of geek cred doesn't seem to concern the writers. They also have a pretty loose definition of "geek" - which in some ways could include just about everyone.
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  1. identicon
    dorpus, 23 Oct 2003 @ 12:27am

    When will

    When will Hollywood truly portray geeks as they really are? A Hollywood "geek" is really a jock with washboard abs who wears glasses. Similarly, a geek-esse is a stunning blonde wearing glasses. When will we see flabby geeks with spindly limbs who are 4 feet tall?

    Really, the average IT professional is an elitist who is fairly sociable and probably takes fitness seriously. The true geeks are college bureaucrat types who are truly antisocial.

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    dorpus, 23 Oct 2003 @ 12:32am

    Other geeks

    Speech pathologist -- that creepy woman in coke bottle glasses whose job is holding up flash cards, pinching kids' lips and "say babababa"

    Heating/AC technician

    Mortician, forensic pathologist

    Night shift nurse -- that creepy woman in coke bottle glasses who enjoys giving injections too much.

    Librarian


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    Oliver Wendell Jones, 23 Oct 2003 @ 7:35am

    Worst kind of Geek

    The off topic poster who disguises himself behind a stupid name like "Dorpus".

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    aNonMooseCowherd, 23 Oct 2003 @ 8:29am

    "geek" vs. "nerd"

    Too bad the word "geek" has become a synonym for "nerd". The former, possibly more colorful, meaning of "geek" -- someone who does repulsive things like biting the heads off live chickens -- has been lost.

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  5. identicon
    rax, 23 Oct 2003 @ 9:16am

    Re: Geeks


    ..or bats. Then in 20 years you end up looking like Ozzy. Geekdom is a tough row to hoe.

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  6. identicon
    LittleW0lf, 23 Oct 2003 @ 9:35am

    Re: When will

    The true geeks are college bureaucrat types who are truly antisocial.

    Speak for yourself Dorpus. I would prefer to call myself a Nerd (even though I tend to fit into the definition above.) And given the origin of the word Nerd (or Nurd, from the man who invented the word in the first place, Dr. Seuss), Nerd is a much better description of what you defined as a geek above.

    But don't take my word for it...Dictionary.com's Definition of Nerd.

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  7. identicon
    kathleen, 23 Oct 2003 @ 1:09pm

    Clay Aiken

    "High note. Who has the No. 1 album this week? American Idol's Clay Aiken, self-proclaimed nerd and proud of it."
    Oh yeh, I'm sure all the geeks were rushing to get that album...

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    Anonymous Coward, 20 Oct 2006 @ 5:24am

    umm ok

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