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Perfect Definition of a Geek

Fray, a quarterly magazine of “true stories and original art” is seeking geek-themed submissions for their second issue. Their pitch includes this fantastic definition of a geek:

Geeks aren’t Nerds. We are everywhere: superfans, wonks, philes, heads, enthusiasts of the sublimely obscure. We are people who care too much about something others do not really understand. We make the world go ’round. If you’ve ever been into something so much your friends wondered about your sanity, you’re a geek, too.

So what makes it so fantastic? Well, it’s spot-on accurate and comprehensively illustrative, for one.

I should know: it almost exactly mirrors a compelling and insightful (ahem) explanation of geeks I gave to a wide-eyed neophyte a couple of weeks ago.

(Lest you worry about me… no, it’s not at all difficult being both handsome and well-informed. My fabulous wealth occasionally burdens me, though. Mostly thanks to its complete lack of existence.)

Source: Laughing Squid

4 comments… add one
  • Nathan D March 26, 2008, 10:47 am

    I sense a rift in geekdom.

  • Sean March 26, 2008, 7:49 pm

    Spot on. To me being a geek means you’re most content when you reveling in what other people would consider ludicrous detail about the things you love.

    How do you tell if you’re a geek? If you’ve ever argued over something as “unimportant” as whether the clicking in the background of The Beatles’ “Blackbird” is a metronome or Paul’s foot you are a geek. So look into the mirror, puff out your chest, and say it loud, say it proud, “I am geek”.

    (and for the record, it’s Paul’s feet. Engineer Geoff Emerick mic’d his feet separately to get the sound)

  • Great White Snark March 26, 2008, 8:02 pm

    Ha, great example, Sean. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re not a hard-core music geek.

  • Mina March 26, 2008, 8:14 pm

    Hmmm I wonder if I can be considered an Anime Geek? because I am usually pretty aware of the incongruencies between the original story (in the manga = japanese comic, but not quite as comics) and the animation or movies based on them, even to the point to pinpoint censure!

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