In the very early 90s, during the heydey of the nerd stereotype, I remember reading a great Jim Borgman cartoon in the newspaper making the distinctions between nerds, dorks, spazzes, dweebs, and the like. In fact, I think it's the first memory I have of a newspaper. I had to ask my sister for help with the bigger words, but I remember us cracking up over our bowls of Kix.
And now, in 2012, we're in the era of the geek - those smart individuals with obsessive interests in niche and ephemera. They control Hollywood, most of the internet, and are likely on their way towards Washington as well.
But, of course, it's still important to distinguish the almight geek from a nerd, and so be sure to check out this clever "Geek vs. Nerd" infographic. You'll learn all sorts of cool stuff, like the fact that "nerd" is actually a word created by Dr. Seuss, and that while 16% of the U.S. identifies as a "geek," 66% percieve it to be a compliment.
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