Is being a Geek too Chic?May 12th, 2009 | By meliha | Category: Features, Meliha
For most of us, at some point of the day we decide to take a little time out and do what any well versed computer genius would do…cruise YouTube for stupid videos.
So during one of my recent searches, I managed to stumble across a video entitled: I AM A GEEK! by The Society for Geek Advancement.
Forever curious to expand my understanding of different social subcultures (and distance myself from as much revision as possible) I decided to take a look at what the experts defined as ‘Geeks.’
The video basically promotes the idea that a ’geek’ is person ’ who passionately pursues skill and imagination, not mainstream social acceptance.’ This is a contradiction considering throughout the entire clip each person is vigorously trying to convince the world that geeks are part of a conscious social subculture group, hence breaking the very definition of ‘geek’.
Throughout the entire clip, each person is brandishing either a mac computer or an iphone; basically convincing the audience that if you own a computer or if you can work an iphone you can classify yourself as a ‘geek’.
But by representing and formalising ‘geek culture’ you are effectively doing the very opposite of what sets a geek apart. A true geek does not call themselves a geek. People who do label themselves as geeks do it to belong to a social group or subculture, when in fact true geeks transcend all social labeling and stereotypes.
When the term ‘geek’ was formulated, it automatically became synonymous with social awkwardness. A traditional mould of a geek would be someone who would obsess about technology and gadgets until every other aspect of their life would seem less important, like appearance and social standing.
However, over the past few years geek chic has come to dominate the Hollywood scene, to the point that even the signature thick rimmed glasses are now fashioned by the likes of Madonna’s daughter Lourdes, Scarlett Johanson, Josh Hartnett, Kanye West, Johhny Depp, Mark Ronson and the list goes on.
So however much you protest to the contrary geeks are no longer the social outcasts who once had to scream to be heard, they have a voice, they have a following- an ever expanding and popular following at that- now even real geeks are too cool to be called geeks.
Check out the video yourself and tell me if i’m wrong.