It’s Good To Be Geek
When I was a teen I was very selfconscious of my geekness and used to downplay it around strangers and anyone of the opposite sex. It wasn’t as if I was I one of those guys who went around with a ponytail, long black trenchcoat and a Red Dwarf t-shirt quoting Monty Python all of the time anyway (although I was to encounter a fair share of them in later life, so many so in fact that I now have to restrain myself from immediately punching someone in the balls if they so much as utter the words “knights who say ni” anywhere near me) but I just figured, without much to back it up, that people didn’t like geeks. Especially girls.
It wasn’t until I was 19 that I realised how wrong I was about that. I remember vividly going along to my first Creative Writing class at University (I purposefully picked electives that would put me in contact with non-males, especially important considering I was studying Computer Science which, to my surprise and horror, wasn’t filled with the abundance of bikini clad ladies I was expecting) and being very reluctant to tell anyone there what course I was studying. I just assumed that as soon as I said computing I would get laughed out of the building by all of the hip arty females that I’d managed to ingratiate my ungainly self with. Funnily enough though, when they did finally manage to prise the information out of me, my admission was greeted with coos with “wow, how cool”, rather than the “NERD!” alarm I was expecting. Yes, it was 2001 and being a geek was cool.
It wasn’t just my realisation that women actually didn’t run for the door at the first sniff of a computer scientist that changed my out look on geekness but also my gradual understanding that it was becoming accepted worldwide as a fundamental part of life. Everyone is a geek now. The guys who run countries are geeks, the people you work with are geeks, everyone you meet in the street is a geek. It’s no longer the hidden shame of D&D roleplayers and C++ programmers but rather another facet to our ever-evolving society. 20 years ago staying in at night to mess around with your ZX Spectrum would’ve earned you the sympathy of your peers; now everyone stays in at night to chat with their peers on Facebook.
In fact, in a world that is becoming consumed by geekery, knowledge is power. I mean, some of the richest guys in the world are some of the biggest geeks to have walked the Earth. The small things still count though like impressing your wife by fixing her laptop or spending time with your future wife under the pretense of helping her build a web site or dazzling cute receptionists in a hotel by helping them fix their computer system (and getting into trouble with said wife in the process).
Yes, the moral of this story is that it’s good to be geek and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. They’re just jealous of our awesomeness.