Geeks…the word reminds me of that lovely strange and twisted novel, Geek Love, where Geeks were portrayed as those who ‘bit heads off live chickens’ and those ‘born with tails.’ Basically, in the days of old, Geeks were ones traveling in the circus with a ‘strangeness’ rich enough to make them an ‘act’–that usually consisted of ‘awing’ the crowd with some kind of small animal decapitation, like when Ozzy Osbourne bit heads off chickens, bats etc….he was a Geek.
Now days, Geeks have “the ability to engage with media and technology in an intense, autonomous, and interest-driven way is a unique feature of today’s media environment.” according to Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project. Geeking out is spending 18 hours straight working through all levels of Halo, or mastering Guitar Hero on the Wii, or learning 20 new tools on Photoshop, and even creating a new application for Facebook…..etc..
Not so different from my own personal definition of Geeking out—Susi’s definition: having the luxury of spending time fooling around on my computer alone or with a friend, figuring how things work and sharing tricks of what we are finding. At times, we create, we crack, we compose.
All in all, geeking out takes time for passion, and passion is a pretty good thing (careful here, passion can turn into obsession). Isn’t is passion when we learn best?
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