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26 August, 2008

Wir sind allen geeks!

Is anybody out there...

OK, who's not a geek?

Well, I guess if ten years ago you were reading this you probably would be regarded as one. Back then, anyone found staring at a computer for more than half-an-hour with no defined or useful purpose was a computer freak. Well, in a general sense nonetheless.

What about giving it a thought? Most of the people nowadays stare at a computer screen all day long! Almost everybody lives in front of a computer with an Internet connection on a day-to-day basis. And not just because they have to.

At work, all jobs are basically either dependent or have adapted to computer technology to power-up productivity, even doctors have their prescriptions printed, lawyers with digital signatures for their contract documents, biologists in specimen profile building and statistics, architects with their AutoCad and Engineers with SAP structure design softwares. Let alone professions where writing and drawing is the main thing! But OK, this is what you have to do.

But at home, who works on a computer because a job demands it normally gets infected with a sort of virtual essential-made part of life. The computer became a friend. A friend that manages your electronic communication and interaction with "other people", which has in itself turned into a big part of a lot of people's communication and interaction with "other people"!

OK, forget "other people". Computer is also an increasingly important pivot between people and and leisure, either to check what gigs are on in town or even to watch them live on fast wide-band buffering websites with downloaded plug-ins and applets! Society is reaching the state of "who cares about buying music and video? who's wasting time staring at a TV-set? Radio? as when you're driving? stream it! download it! it's free! it's quick!"

You still can't do sports and sex on a computer, but there are a lot of people working on that. Only time will tell...

Having said all this, now turn to see who were the pioneers of the multi-use computer lifestyle? "Uh...geeks?"

Why is the richest man in the world a geek? Exactly! Because almost everyone is now-------------- (snare rumbling) ----------------a geek!

PS: The posted image is from a visionary movie called "Revenge of the Nerds".


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