perceived to be of above-average intelligenceand whose interests are not shared bymainstream society. Most people's interestsare in the subjects of sports, music, fashion,food, etc., but nerds typically have intereststhat are more encyclopaedic.” Wikiepdia goes further to find out thedifference between geek and nerd: “The word"nerd" refers to a person of "above-averageintelligence" whose interests (often in scienceand mathematics) are not shared bymainstream society. By contrast, a "geek" isessentially a person who is fascinated,perhaps obsessively, by obscure or veryspecific areas of knowledge and imagination.” And continues: ”Thus a "nerd" is primarilymarked as having a high intelligence and isnot necessarily more fascinated with onesubject any more so than another. A "geek",however, is obsessively fascinated withparticular subjects, but is not necessarilyattributed with an above average intelligence.Thus a "geek" has the compulsion and drive tolearn vast quantities of knowledge about aparticular field such as computers, or
trivia, without high intelligence beingassumed. More than likely, the main confusionbetween the terms comes from their commonassociation with specific areas of knowledgethat seems to require a high level intelligence(for example, mathematics and science). Thusa "geek" who was obsessed by the pursuit of mathematical or scientific knowledge, mightalso be classified as a "nerd" as societyconsiders such pursuits to be intellectual innature and as requiring high intelligence.” The difference between geek and nerd is asyou might already have noticed not thatinteresting – unless of course you are a partof these ongoing murky debates about geeksvs. nerds. As for this paper there will be noreal distinction between the two terms. Forthat reason geek culture and nerd culture willbe seen as the one and the same culturalmovement.What is interesting to us is the fact that thesedefinitions touch the geek culture withoutreally defining it. But from what is being said,we may determine that it’s an intellectualcultural movement. It has something to dowith
but certainly not anything to dowith sports, music, fashion, and food. It isreferred to as obscure and not beingmainstream.Brad King and John Borland notice that acentral part of geek culture is role-playinggames and
The Lord of the Rings
by Tolkien. One might have argued earlier that
Lord of the Rings
were obscurebut nowadays they seem to representmainstream. What is going on? Whathappened?
Generations of the InformationSociety
To answer these questions we must get abroader understanding of the geek culture andwhat kind of society that created suchindividuals. It has often been said that we livein an information society. What does thatmean exactly? For the purpose of this article,the information society simply means asociety in which people are engaged in activitywith information and service, contrary tothose who are engaged with industry andagriculture . Then if we add the fact thatpeople’s identity emanates from what they dofor a living or at least a central part of theiridentity, we end up understanding the impactsuch a society has on it’s citizens.