Geek – Fighting The Stereotype

Geek.

Some people see this as a grave insult. Why would anyone want to be considered geeky? To like science, fantasy and all those things that are more often than not percieved as childish and silly. To enjoy learning and constantly want to know more things.

Just think, WHO in their right mind would want to be called a Geek?

The answer is…

Me.

To be called a geek is, to me, a compliment. It’s essentially saying “Hey, you’re smart and care about intelligence andspending your free time doing things that you enjoy, even if they’re not considered to be the popular choice.” Surely that’s a good thing? Surely everyone wants to increase their knowledge base so that they can have stimulating conversation and form well rounded views on topics. If not, i’m not sure I want to live on that planet…

Where does the word come from though? To Wikipedia!

This word comes from English dialect geek, geck: fool, freak; from Low German geck, from Middle Low German. The root geck still survives in Dutch and Afrikaansgek: crazy, as well as some German dialects, and in the Alsatian word Gickeleshut: geek’s hat, used in carnivals

Enlightening.

So it seems that the word geek is all over the place and has been for a while, but always with a negative connotation of being weird. This just seems unfair. The world is still seeing geeks in the way that they have been unfairly stereotyped throughout the years. That all geeks live in ther mothers basements, playing fantasy games and coding computers for fun. The idea that all geeks go LARPing ( Live Action Role Playing) or sit infront of consoles playing video games all day and are therefore either obese or physically inept. I find those ideas outdated and frankly, wrong.

Geeks are getting pushed to the forefront of the media nowadays with television shows like “Beauty and the Geek” where a smart guy and a beauty model team up to win money in a challenge and quiz show format and of course, “The Big Bang Theory” which popularises the idea that geeks are all scientists that can’t talk to women and live with thier mother or love comic books and video games. Never has there been a show that I can recall that has portrayed the ‘New Geek’ of today.

The cast of “The Big Bang Theory” are popularizing the geek stereotype

Today, there are many people, like myself, that consider themselves to be geeks. Personally, I LOVE video games, any genre, any console – I’ll play it if I get a chance. I like Sci-Fi movies and am proud of that fact and I cannot remember the last time that I was as genuinely excited about seeing a film than I was about The Avengers. (Hmmm, Perhaps the third Lord Of The Rings, come to think of it…). I like comic books and the associated Superhero films that are released into the cinema. The Lord of The Rings is still both my favourite book and film to date – I love the whole swords and sorcery stories. I love science and most nights I can be found to be learning something new online through wikipedia, news sites or CrashCourse (Which I’ve mentioned previously). I would say I am a geek. But here is the kicker. I like to socialise with my friends and I can chat to almost anyone without being socially awkward. I also hold a First Degree black belt in Tae Kwon-Do and have a gym membership, where I spend every available minute of my time, when I get a chance. I like cycling and running and took part in my very first Parkrun today (More on that later). I’m a geek but I’m active and social. I have a large group of different friends and I wouldn’t say that I adhere to the stereotype.

So watch out world. There are a new bunch of Geeks on the way and we are ready to surprise you all. 😉

Oh and yes, I DO have this GameBoy phone case on my BlackBerry…

Proud to be Geeky.

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One thought on “Geek – Fighting The Stereotype

  1. Me too! 😀 I’m a nerd/geek and darn proud of it! Gaming, sci-fi, science, you just described my passions right there! Nerds and geeks FTW, we’re slowly taking over the world hehe 😛

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