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Dan Martell posted this EXCELLENT graphical flowchart called “The Evolution of the Geek” over on Flowtown. I don’t know where Nerds fit in. Would there be a meta chart where different nerds were obsessing over the accuracy of the flow structure? In any case, this is wonderful work.

Follow this link to see a larger version over on Flowtown’s site. IT IS WORTH IT.

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  • I know this is probably a regional thing, but I was always under the impression “nerd” was a term generally used for actual academic achievement and specialty in some sort of specific subject. Geeks generally evoked a general obsessive quality about something–generally a pop culture sub-sect– ala that “new definition” set.

    As for the lack of female representation, I wasn’t clear about the D&D and WOW figures since they could be guys with weird haircuts as much as they could be women.

    And a little nit-picky thing, I thought that a lot of Glee fans, who actually would do so, self-identified as “gLeeks” since they’re all about the portmanteau. (Hence they were so not fans of the Finn/Quinn relationships. And are a little confused when it comes to determining how those characters each stand with Sam.)

  • Ah, but your next post should be the next step: NERD! You see, geeks are those that specialize, but nerds are considered knowledgeable in many things.
    For example: I am a nerd and I am obsessed with history, English, languages, science, art, books, movies (especially horror), cats (they have 2 noses didja know that?) food, and psychology.

    I have no idea how that would come up in a flow chart though. :)

    As for the people calling the blog author out on the sports geek, you must have never met a fantasy something-ball player. They are beyond geeks. It’s like D&D, only more boring and with way more statistics.

  • until someone can prove there is some type of link between gecken and geekus prime geek evolution is a lie!

    I will opt for the belief that god hand crafted each geek seperately with his almighty hands, then rested. Creationism!

  • Well, the theater geek would SO not wear any sort of CATS shirt if they had any self-respect. The chart is very pretty though! Also I wonder if there is any sort of geek “missing link” between the gecken and geekus prime. Maybe someday we’ll find it.

  • @ Lisa G – Okay I must have just assumed the Otaku Geek was female at first glance, but no, same male figure. Though I wonder what the flowchart would call the new “Liz Lemon” brand of female geek I’ve seen some women identify with lately.

  • @Annecoultersadamsapple

    Note that the ‘Sports Geek’ is part of the ‘New Definition’ group. None of those ‘geeks’ particularly fit the traditional definition of geek. But I think that’s the point.

  • Not one female figure in the evolution of the geek?? Which class of 21st Century Geek is un-hip enough to create this flowchart yet not include a female subclass of Academic Geek or Geek Chic?

  • Charts like this bring to sharp relief how much of a geek (nerd) I am. Quite a few of these apply to me, in various degrees.

    One thing I dislike about the nouveau tech “geeks” is their arrogant assumption about their level of knowledge. Owning an iPhone with cool apps and understanding the meaning of many of the tech buzzwords doesn’t make you a techie.

  • Wow a geek bush… on that note, probably the only bush some geeks would ever get tangled up in… WHOA!

    Someone hi five me…
    no one?…
    can’t say I’m surprised…

    *hand rolling old D&D dice to cope*

  • I still contest the idea of a sports geek. Geek interests are interests that are considered weird or uncool. You have to bypass social norms to be a geek. Everytime I learned something new about aquaman another group of vaginas were shut to me forever. You can state sports trivia in public at bar and still go home with a woman, Sport geeks don’t count.