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Do You Fit Into The Traditional Geek Hierarchy?

Most people don't know what to think of being called a geek. They either embrace it like Gallery of the Absurd's 14, who proudly says "I am a major geek and I wear it as a badge of honor," reject it or hide it. To be fair to those people who skeptically look at me and say "you are geeksugar?" the word's first definition is "a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake." Not exactly something most of us want to identify with and a far cry from my usage of the work. But the word's final definition - "an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity " - does just the trick for me. And, as I have learned from you readers, most of us consider ourselves to be some variation or variety of a geek. Be it a mac geek, pc geek, video gamer geek, Dungeons and Dragons geek or a general, no holds barred geek.

Brunching.com recently featured a hilarious chart chronicling the Geek Hierarchy. At the top are people who have published Science Fiction/Fantasy books who consider themselves less geek than people who majored in folklore and mythology, comic book fans, Anime fans who insist on subtitles, Anime who don't care about subtitles, video gamers, Heinlein fans, Amateur Science Fiction or Fantasy writers and Science Fiction television fans. At the very bottom of the chart are "people who write erotic versions of Star Trek where all the characters are Furries." Most of those categories either elude or intimidate me, but I appreciate that someone took the time to lay out the traditional geek hierarchy for us. Not sure I fit into it. Check out the Chart to see if you fit in.

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hales199 hales199 8 years
I'm married to a geek, does that count?
woodycakes woodycakes 9 years
i'm not adept in technology, thus the lurking around here ;D
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i dunno where i fit. i love sci fi movies and shows but not books, i love macs and anything mac related, i love to read fiction (not fantasy though i love movies and tv shows of that genre), I like comics but not obsessively...i don't like cell phones at all. i love gaming on the ds and the wii and have always played console games. hmm...i used to be really into folklore when i wasn't in university. still love it wheni have the time to geek out on it. what does all this make me? i have no idea?!
starofsorrow starofsorrow 9 years
I'm a blend of two...actually. I'm part traditional geek, and part chic geek. :D
IlovemyGeek IlovemyGeek 9 years
Let's see for me its anything Mac, comic books, video games, graphic design, web design, and horror movies. My husband has it tough huh?
rubialala rubialala 9 years
I fit into that list in a few different categories!
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Dang, fantasy readers are near the top of the list. According to the chart I'm an even bigger geek than my comic-obsessed hubby. Not so sure I agree with that, but yeah. I'm a geek.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I'm definitely a geek. It's a term used proudly in our household! I do comic books, fanfiction, and a couple other things on that chart. Never really gotten in scifi as a genre though...
Sasorisa Sasorisa 9 years
I am a total geek! But I'm a special and weird contradiction. I LOVE LOVE all things fashion but also have the habits of teenage boys (video games/anime). I also have tons of tech toys and of course am computer savy since I'm a web designer... Let's just say I look EXTREMELY out of place when I stop by the comic book store (espically dressed up after work). LOL...
dali137 dali137 9 years
I don't do "folklore" but I guess I am a geek in all other ways... Although I define geek as an "enthusiast" be it graffiti, antiques, or cooking. I think as a creative professional geeking out is in the job description; otherwise you loose the pulse on what's hott.
dali137 dali137 9 years
I don't do "folklore" but I guess I am a geek in all other ways... Although I define geek as an "enthusiast" be it graffiti, antiques, or cooking.I think as a creative professional geeking out is in the job description; otherwise you loose the pulse on what's hott.
meri meri 9 years
I'm more of a nerd then a geek. (By my definition at least.) But I do fit in a couple of the geek categories also.
steen steen 9 years
I love my techno toys! I'm mostly web- and computer-savvy but I enjoy my games and books and whatnot. I don't really read much sci-fi / fantasy and I don't spend hours on computer games, so I'm not sure where I'd fit in!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
I love that we have GeekSugar, because our geek chic awesomeness needs to be celebrated and shared!
macsugar macsugar 9 years
i'm with glam sugar. i am handy with the graphic design mac/adobe stuff, but more of an enthusiast than expert with everything else! i love my toys, but sometimes i need to visit geeksugar for tips on how to get the most out of 'em.
macsugar macsugar 9 years
i'm with glam sugar. i am handy with the graphic design mac/adobe stuff, but more of an enthusiast than expert with everything else!i love my toys, but sometimes i need to visit geeksugar for tips on how to get the most out of 'em.
krampalicious krampalicious 9 years
way to perpetuate the stereotype with that pic, yo. being a geek definitely does not mean what it used to--the biggest geeks in the world are also some of the richest (gates, jobs, google + youtube boys, et al). it's somewhat comforting to know that in a society that worships dumb, fake people, it's the geeks who are finding the most success. i am a geek and proud of it.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
And I love gadgets—iPods, cell phones, Tivo etc, plus cute gadget accessories are a MUST!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
I'm a combo between chic and the dictionary version. I'm way into fashion, love gaming (especially anything Nintendo), and am a graphic/web designer who's very good with the Mac and Adobe software.
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