I write these journals in the first 10 minutes of my Writing I class at NYU. I thought the readings/articles were very intriguing and the journal prompts were also really interesting, so I thought why not post my thoughts on the blog while I’m at it? And these are written in 10 minutes so they might sound very first-draft-esque, my apologies.
Based on the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/23/opinion/23brooks.html?_r=0
Prompt: “If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble.” -Bill Gates
The geek culture, based on the article, emerged in the mid- to late-1900s, when Dr. Seuss wrote a book called “If I Ran the Zoo”. Geeks from the 1900s compared to the geeks in modern world today do not have many differences. Rather, their places in the rigid social hierarchy is still intact, and so is their value in the economic world.
Even though in the geek culture, social interaction is highly downgraded compared to intellectual interaction, the nerds are essential in running a huge part of the world–both back in the day and today. Bill Gates stated that “if your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble.” This is completely true because every culture within a well-built society has to depend on the idea of intellect running that certain society. Geek culture, in other words, is a keystone to maintaining a certain order of political, economic, and social interaction and hierarchy within the society. Where would we be today if it weren’t for the “nerdy” pioneers who were not ashamed and passionate about their acquirements of knowledge to pursue an intellectual voyage?
We are surrounded by geek culture, no matter where we live. It has become a part of our lifestyle. The people who invented all the social media sites, people who innovate new clothing designs, people who train themselves for the Olympic games, they are all a part of their own unique geek culture. There is always a connotation of geeks that say they are unworthy in a social climate, but the truth is, intellect goes a long way. The world has already accepted the existence of geek culture.