It wasn’t until after the Internet boom that the word “Geek” even began to have some kind of importance in society at large. Before the twenty first century came, geeks were rather known as “nerds”. Being a nerd wasn’t cool, it meant being a lonely book worm with no social skills whatsoever. If anyone showed a higher interest in books than in outdoor or social activities, they were harshly regarded as losers.
Thank God I’m a part of the millennial generation then! Today, books are so cool they don’t even have to be printed out, you have your cool gadgets to read them on. Big marketing campaigns around the world have now reversed the book alienation by regarding people who don’t read as today’s losers. “Nerds” became geeks, and geeks are now cool and even sexy. They know the world, they get paid for it and now there are such large geek communities that the social interaction problem is over. Indeed the geek person has evolved to be much more social and intellectual.
There’s even a greater evolution, for in the turn of the decade, geeks are now known as hipsters. Being a hipster is even MORE valuable now. It is a combination of music, high education, social skills, artistic skills, and well, if Daniel Pink would permit me, “A Whole New Mind”. The hipster combines both of the brain’s hemispheres. It’s tough being a hipster, in fact, here’s an article that guides you step by step on how to become one, or embrace it more strongly if you are already one.
The rise of education indeed has given us a progressive 180 and has become a part of modern popculture. Thank you Internet!