Napoleon Dynamite. Hiro Nakamura. Those “Very Very Very Rewarding” Visa commercials. Geek Squad. I could go on, but if you haven't noticed the trend, as of late, it's becoming more and more common to find the geek persona everywhere you look. Geeks are being embraced by pop-culture and, well, exploited by it.
But the examples I threw at you are the more tried and true notions of what geeks are – nerds. You know, the guys/gals with thick rimmed glasses, pocket protectors and zero social skills. They're usually fascinated with science, technology and fantasy. But that doesn't mean that we all don't have a little geekiness in us. Think about it, how many times have you gone on and on about a subject, only to stop, apologize and profess that you were just “geeking out?” Go on, raise your hand. Nerd.
Since we're all in that boat, it means that we need to modify the definition of a geek. Here's how I like to define a geek:
An enthusiast, or expert, who is primarily motivated by passion in a specific field or activity.
I didn't make that up – I just compressed some lines from Webster and Wikipedia, but it sounds about right to me. Geekdom isn't confined by science fiction or technology. Being a geek means you have passion and extensive knowledge about a specific thing. There's nothing wrong about that. So hows about some self-exploraton?
Here are five things that I get my geek-on to:
So what are you geeky about? Post it on your blog, let the world know. Thomas, you could tell us more about your shoes. Scoot, you might elaborate on your walking techniques, or bar-hopping. Gildo, Werlew, Tevis, there's gotta be something you can contribute to the geekverse. Don't hide it, celebrate.