The Evolution of Geek Culture (Infographic)

The Evolution of Geek Culture explains where the word “geek” originated and the label’s wide variety of interpretations over the past century. The label “geek” started as a negative term and has transformed extensively through many iterations to be a positive term. In fact, people strive to be a geek today. Geek culture is becoming part of pop culture and people celebrate the idea of being a geek about whatever their passion is. Check out this infographic and learn something new about geek history.

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  • venomhitz said 45 weeks ago

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  • Kit_Tsuki said 44 weeks ago

    I'm actually a bit disappointed of the huge difference that culture has gone through with the terms of being a "geek" or "nerd." When I was in grade school, I was made fun of for my nerdy interests, style and even having glasses. Now, everyone seems to trip over themselves for fake "geek" wear, so they can be "unique."
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    ^Real talk
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    this is super cool, well done guys! :)
  • Bourguignon said 42 weeks ago


    Kit_Tsuki
    said:
    I'm actually a bit disappointed of the huge difference that culture has gone through with the terms of being a "geek" or "nerd." When I was in grade school, I was made fun of for my nerdy interests, style and even having glasses. Now, everyone seems to trip over themselves for fake "geek" wear, so they can be "unique."


    Well, I argue that being a nerd is still uncool. You still don't really want that label, unless you're calling yourself one. Geek is the positive word, and the one that Hollywood and the graphic tees fashion industry made chic. Nerd is still the negative one. But you're right about everyone suddenly wanting to be one, especially hipsters.

    The only people who use the word "otaku" are otakus themselves, or actually Japanese. And even the Japanese use it as kind of an insult -- someone totally obsessed with something (manga/anime or anything else) to the point that they are awkward.
  • tonedeaf said 30 weeks ago

    Must start planning party for May 25th....
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