The Evolution of the Geek
With National Geek Pride Day just around the corner, and an office chock full of geeks, Sagiss explores the evolution of the label "Geek" from derogatory slang to empowering moniker, as well as takes a peek inside a few of our techs' geekiest moments.
Remember in elementary school when being labeled a “geek” by some dumpy, ruthless third grader with a perpetual coating of Cheeto dust on his fingers was a blow to ones ego almost as soul crushing as accidentally calling your teacher “Mom”? Well the joke is on you, third grade bullies of the world. It is time to point that orange, dusty finger of shame elsewhere. Over the years, society has not only come to accept, but celebrate the geek in all of us. In fact, May 25, National Geek Pride Day, is dedicated entirely to those of us who wave our geek flag high.
Recently, the U.S. National Science Foundation defined a geek as “Any worker with a bachelor level of knowledge and education in science or engineering-related fields or workers in occupations that require some degree of technical knowledge or training”. However, this definition merely scratches the surface of the vast, ever-expanding umbrella under which geek culture thrives. From Zooey Deschanel’s “Adorkable” character Jess on Fox’s hit show "New Girl", to the introduction of the phrase “geek chic” into the Oxford English Dictionary, it’s clear that it’s a geek’s world and we are all just living in it.
Still not convinced? A 2013 study done by Modis, a leading global provider of IT staffing services, found that 57% of Americans believe being called a geek is a compliment while 68% of all respondents said they would date a geek.
Sagiss' Resident Geeks
In honor of all this geeky goodness, and on the eve of National Geek Pride Day, some of Sagiss’ resident geeks share with you their geekiest moments:
Nels Nash: “I was naming a Wi-Fi router in the middle of the office at my old job. I couldn’t think of a good name for it when all the other ones were named after the rooms. I came up with Middle Earth (Lord of the Rings). Let’s just say I got a lot of high fives from the fellow nerds that day. Most popular Wi-Fi ever.”
Lee Borger: “I did a Joker costume...And it wasn't for Halloween.”
KJ Manegold: My wife would say that the geekiest thing I have ever done happened on our second date. I went over to her place to watch a movie. However, she didn’t have a working DVD player (this was before DVR). With a sad face, she opened a drawer that contained three broken DVD players. So, I took pieces from them and made one that worked.
Philip Jessamine: “I spent about 2-3 weeks Prancercising (Enjoy that) throughout the office. Does that count?
Steven Reed: In 2002 I went to a “May The 4th Be With You!” LAN party at a place called The Gaming Center in Irving. I was playing PC games competitively, which was nowhere near as big of a thing as it is today. It was a Friday night and Saturday night lock-in. We ordered pizza and other delivery foods all weekend and were guzzling energy drinks to stay awake. When I did sleep, it was on the floor under the desk.”
Shane Hudgins: “My Prom picture. When you notice it, you’ll get it. ‘Nuff said.” (Yes, that is duct tape)