It takes more to be a geek today
Are you a geek? If so, Don Reisinger thinks you deserve a special acknowledgment, since it's so hard to achieve that stature today.
Over the past few years, I've been amazed at the attention the tech industry has received in the single realm that some thought it wasn't fit for--the mainstream.
The video game industry has Nintendo Wii is being played by people aged 1 to 100. The iPhone has transformed the cell phone industry. The Amazon Kindle, a device that some believed was a niche product, is . And everywhere you turn, someone who you thought had little knowledge about computers is discussing the differences between a Mac and PC.that rivals film. The
But it's not just hardware. Sites like Facebook and MySpace almost a household name.. And celebrities--the leaders of the mainstream--have recently made Twitter, once a destination for the geek,
Most of those products were once reserved for the "Geek." But now, the mainstream has entered the Geekdom, and conquered it. It's getting harder to find a real geek.
So, I guess it's time we re-evaluate our Geekdom. What does it take to be a geek today?
If you're programming in Ruby, you're a geek. If you get excited to jailbreak your iPhone, you're a geek. If you want to build your PC from scratch, you're a geek. If you spend time hacking into a network, you're a geek. If you're trying to run Linux on your digital camera, you're a geek.
But if you have a real interest in technology, you're not necessarily a geek anymore. Sales figures and pop culture have shown that cool tech has a place in the mainstream. Technology's appeal to that mainstream is relentless. More and more people will find a love for gadgetry and the Web. And in the process, the number of geeks will dwindle.
I remember a time when it was easy to be a geek. All you had to do was have an interest in technology and know a lot about it. Today, being a geek takes real work. But for many of us, being a part of the mainstream justifies what we've been saying for years: tech really is cool.
We told you so.