To be or not be a Geek! There is the dilemma
The word Geek since the beginning of time has referred to unconventional people, either by the work they perform or by their lifestyle. Always pejoratively, Geek is antonym of cool.
During the 18th century in Austria and Hungary, they were called “Gecken” and later in the 19th in North America “Geek” circus phenomena whose role in some cases included follies from biting the head of a live chicken to eating glass. From there and with the passage of time he began to call anyone who performed odd or bizarre work for ordinary people. The word comes from the Anglo-Saxon dialect, geck meaning crazy. Here you can know more about Geek’s Dilemma.
It was in 1952 when science fiction writer Robert Heinlein used the noun for the first time with the connotation of technology and mathematics enthusiast in his short story “The Year of the Jackpot.” Without departing from its original meaning. At that time and even today programming, pure physics and mathematics continue to be uncommon trades. This way they began to call geeks to this type of professionals.
Today is called Geek to the obsessed with the intellectual search. Interested in technology and new media, especially in computing. Experts with computers that use the term hacker positively and even with an aura of admiration. Anyone who relates academic subjects to the real world outside the studios: For example, using multivariate calculation to determine correctly how to optimize the dimensions of an oven to bake some ponquecitos.
With the evolution of technological means anyone who wants to surf the wave of current, taking full advantage of the resources that the market has to offer, has had to become skilled in the use of computer gadgets. Tables, mobiles, video game consoles more sophisticated and with Internet connection, ipods, laptops, electronic agendas and stop counting, make users dependent and force them to migrate to a new platform every time they begin to get accustomed to the previous one, Making it clear that resistance to change is not an option. Most of the netizens have successfully faced at least the challenge of making their own website and those who want to go a little further, they have even learned a little bit how software development works to “throw a few lines of code” and further customize them. Does that make us all Geeks?
Geek ceased to be a pejorative label and settled into common jargon to point out to any passionate, now not only for technology and computer science but it extended to popular culture in general. Comic books, movies, books, TV, music, software, languages, geography, universal history, prehistory and so on. The term is as broad as the access to information that we currently have.
The misuse of the term!
So much has been said that “there are people who stupidly call themselves geeks in the same way they would call themselves four eyes, roosters, and asocial.” Viviana Trujillo.
They have chosen to identify themselves as engineering geeks, science fiction geeks, computer geeks, cinema geeks, comic book geeks, theater geeks, history geeks, music geeks, sports geeks, Art geeks, philosophy geeks, literature geeks, historical revival geeks, nature geeks, fashion geeks, makeup geeks, animals geeks, food geeks, video games geeks, geeks of toys And action figures, policy geeks, weapons geeks, automotive geeks, dance geeks, role-playing geeks and so on to infinity.
That is, now anyone who has a liking for something is already a “Self-considered” Geek. Or rather who has an Internet connection? When it became fashionable, it was obviated that in its most essential form a Geek has so few skills in most of the human areas unrelated to his object of study that it jeopardizes its good functioning and integration with society. All the opposite of popular, right!