The deﬁnition which I prefer, and which I will use henceforth comes from a ﬂowchartwhich can be found in
(Martell, 2010). It states, “In the past being described asa geek was considered an insult, for it reﬂected a certain manner of social skills or status.Today, it is used to describe someone impassioned or obsessed by a particular area ofinterest.”
In addition to that deﬁnition is something taken from Wikipedia
(updated 2010).One of the deﬁnitions states that a geek is:
A person with a devotion to something in a way that places him or heroutside the mainstream. This could be due to the intensity, depth, or subjectof their interest. This deﬁnition is very broad but because many of theseinterests have mainstream endorsement and acceptance, the inclusion ofsome genres as "geeky" is heavily debated on. Persons have been labeledas or chosen to identify as physics geeks, mathematics geeks, engineeringgeeks, scif-ﬁ geeks, computer geeks, various science geeks, movie andﬁlm geeks, comic book geeks, theater geeks, history geeks, music geeks,sports geeks, art geeks, philosophy geeks, literature geeks, historicalreenactment geeks, 2012 geeks, video game geeks, and roleplay geeks.
Similar to the explanation above is the deﬁnition in the website
(Lambert, n.d.) which states, “A geek has obsessive, esoteric knowledge about massmedia, pop culture and technology. Geeks are generally smart, they're passionate aboutthings most people don't care about, and most of them tend to be early adopters when itcomes to the latest gadgets.”
One key aspect of geekery that needs to be integrated in my own deﬁnition of thegeek is social ineptitude or awkwardness. This trait of the geek comes from the classic orearly deﬁnitions of the geek as someone who did not ﬁt in, someonewho is an outsider.It
s essential, at least from my perspective and from my experience, to point out that theoutsider status is what allows for the devotion and passion for decidedly non-mainstreamthings. Geeks needed something to huddle over and discuss, something that was their
While Wikipedia is usually not acknowledged as an academic reference, it serves as a good place to checkfor deﬁnitions on the geek because of its being constantly updated. Also, Wikipedia illustrates a number ofpoints about geek culture, such as collaboration, crowdsourcing, and the idea of collective knowledge.