Someday when I had absolutely nothing to do (well, actually, I had a lot to do, however I really did not want to do any of it), I decided to play the Google video game. This is the one where you input your own name or another thing into the field in quotes to see how many search results you get. Due to the fact that my most recent book, Queen Geeks crazy, was coming out soon, I chose to browse the term “geek.” What I located amazed me.
I obtained a lot more nearly 70 million hits from words “nerd.”.
So, I figured that many every term would certainly fetch that many outcomes, or close to it. I began with what I would presume is the antithesis of ‘geek’: the “chatter woman’, which produced 3,560,000. ‘Model” generated 1,750.000. Prestige came the closest to geek, with 44,600,000, however as you can plainly see, being attractive is absolutely nothing contrasted to being geeky, statistically. Even the stylish “fashionista” just turned back 5,590,000 outcomes.
So what does this suggest? Is Google a legitimate dimension of popular culture? I mean it’s not very scientific, yet it does appear to be in sign of the number of sites discuss the word, which, by the way, came from as a circus term for an individual that attacked the heads off real-time pets. Thankfully, that particular facet of geekdom appears to have actually faded out, unless you count Ozzy Osbourne in his previous splendor days.
If you want to real step of what’s out there in the zeitgeist, examine your regional tv listings. This autumn, every new show seems to be supernatural (which is within the world of the geek.) We have Moonlight, a vampire tale. We have Journeyman, Supernatural, Ghost Whisperer, and Medium. The biggies– Shed as well as Heroes– sell DVD collections in droves. Geeks are no more concealing in their cyberclosets.
As early as 2001, the term “geek stylish” started to be made use of, and in fact, a London garments firm ran a campaign making use of that very term to market its clothing. Fast forward to in 2014, when ABC premiered a program called Ugly Betty, with America Ferrera starring as an anti-fashion uber-geek. Well, assumption that got on the October 2007 cover of Beauty Magazine? That’s right. The geeky lady. Certainly, they glammed her up, yet still, I could not assist however really feel that someone from my team ultimately made it to the major leagues.
Gloria Baume, a follower of Ugly Betty and a style editor at Teenager Vogue, told the New york city Times that Betty’s “geek-chic look might drip down.” In the New York Times article, she added, “I’m obsessed with the geek look today,” including that a number of designers appear to be likewise taken with all things dorky. “Paul Smith did it in London,” she stated. “Lacoste did it here in New York. Luella additionally did the geek appearance. In her own sort of amusing, twisted way, Betty has her very own sense of style. It’s bizarre, yet it’s absolutely her.” (New York Times, October 2006).
U.S.A. Today also noted that “Understanding is power and geek is posh. If you’re a cyber whiz that is plugged into the pop-culture globe of sci-fi, dream, comic books as well as cult horror, perhaps even the master of a Web shrine committed to such once-arcane issues, you do not simply policy. You shake.”.
Scholars are also on the geek bandwagon. One Danish scholar created a dissertation on geek culture as well as cited it as “the 3rd counterculture” after hippies as well as yuppies. “The geek culture is altering the norm, transforming traditional culture,” composes Lars Konzack in his thesis, labelled “Geek society, the third counterculture”” Recently no one would certainly have known outside the geek culture what was indicated by gamer character, experience points, level gain, and also struck factors. Now it appears like everyone knows. The geek society is transforming mainstream societies as well as it’s just the beginning of a general social modification because direction,” Lars Konzack, Aalborg College, Denmark.
In my very own novels, Queen Geek Social Club as well as Queen Geeks in Love, the self-professed nerds of the title are women that unapologetically are themselves. They like science and also sci-fi, yet they additionally like fashion as well as individuals. They want to change the world, but they likewise want to enjoy it. I like to think about them as the geek I never was in high school– certain, comfy, brilliant. They know that they are, and also although they fight with self-doubt and anxiousness like all young adults, they utilize their intelligence and also the assistance of their geek sis to make it through it all. Ultimately, it’s an excellent message to send out to ladies (or individuals), as well as it reminds me of something somebody when wrote in the margin of my yearbook: “be the way you are as well as you’ll go far.” Go nerds.