Dork, dweeb, poindexter, nimrod, geek, techie, nerd. We’ve all probably been called one of those names at some point in our lives. I know I have. I illustrated these geeky nerds for an ad a while ago–before the smart phone by the looks of it. But it still shows quintessential nerdiness. The promotion was for Mentor Graphics and their physical verification system. (only a computer nerd would know what that is.) Some of the text inside read: “It’s an industry filled with technology hellcats, software stunt pilots, silicon soldiers of fortune. The real superheros need to work faster and smarter.” That’s some nerdy nerd stuff alright.
But nerds and geeks run the world. Here is an excerpt from a great article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette entitled Geeks and nerds have taken over the world:
“Bwaahahahaha! That is my sinister world domination laugh. I have been practicing it for over 40 years just waiting for this moment.
The moment when we, the geeks and nerds, would take over the world!
The moment is nigh, as in Bill Nye. At last, it’s the revenge of the … oh, you get the point.
I should point out there are differences between geeks and nerds. Geeks are fanboys and girls; they have a vast knowledge of pop culture and obscure facts related to their particular genres or areas of expertise. There are all kinds of geeks: movie geeks, technology geeks, even food and wine geeks.
Nerds are, well, nerds. The word “nerd” was first used in 1954 and was created by a geek doctor with the name of Seuss. They tend to be brilliant and focused on more academic pursuits, such as math and science, and less focused on social interactions. The word nerd often is described as a four-letter word with a six-figure income.
While geeks and nerds have many differences, they also share many traits and are of the same genus, if not species.
Geeks and nerds have long dominated technology. Nerds build it, and geeks use it. We all use it.
That cellphone you use every minute of every day, your TV, DVD player, computer, Facebook and Twitter, all were nerd-designed. These inventions have created nerd kings living in tech-filled houses built on top of mountains of cash. In each of these houses, a replica of Captain Kirk’s chair sits in the entertainment room, because that is the very first thing rich and powerful nerds do.
Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg all likely survived the slings and arrows of outrageous wedgies only to rise up and crush the jocks who mocked and ridiculed them in high school! Because that is the second thing nerds do when they become rich and powerful.“
You can read the rest HERE.
And now to all you nerds out there:
“So you’re a little weird? Work it!
A little different? Own it!
Better to be a nerd than one of the herd!”
“If you like nerds, raise your hand. If you don’t, raise your standards.”
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