Geek culture

By Phil Plait | December 19, 2009 8:00 am

By now a lot of you fellow geeks will have seen this:

geekculture

[Click to see the whole thing at artist Ibrahim Evsan's site.]

I recognize waaaay too much of it. But c’mon. Where’s Wil?

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Geekery

Comments (36)

  1. Asimov Fan

    No I hadn’t yet seen that. Cool. :-)

    Of course, they’ve left off the important bit – Isaac Asimov novels! ;-)

    Oh & geeks = trolls? Hmm .. not sure about that!

    PS> D’oh! I should have looked more closely shouldn’t I? Asimov is there! Yes!
    (Punches air then blushes.)

    Okay I take back that first line. :-D

  2. Roadtripper

    Is that supposed to be him (Wil) there in the middle of it all?

    Rt

  3. Levi in NY

    Pssht, apparently I’m too geeky to be found on that chart. I’m a hardcore language geek. I couldn’t care less about Star Trek or comic books. My time is much better spent studying Chinese characters, practicing my Russian grammar, or reading up on the comparative typology of Native American languages.

  4. “My time is much better spent studying Chinese characters, practicing my Russian grammar, or reading up on the comparative typology of Native American languages.”

    I think that makes you a nerd. That’s the next stage for the geek when he/she attains Geekvana and comes out the other side.

  5. Levi in NY

    I think I fit well within the confines of the definition of “geek” provided below the chart (well, not definition 2…)

  6. Gary Ansorge

    Too. Much. Stuff.

    Must break out scanning electron microscope, the better to SEE you,,,yuck,yuck.

    All this cataloging is nice but let’s just admit one thing. Geeks are OBSESSIVE about EVERYTHING!!!

    ,,,but as one wag pointed out, a fine obsession seems to be required to be successful in ones chosen endeavor.

    GO OBSESSION!!!

    GAry 7

  7. schism

    “Japan Fan?” Wouldn’t a real geek say “Otaku?”

    edit: Ah, otaku was cut off. But why have both?

  8. Levi in NY

    Edit: Never mind.

  9. 1. Asimov Fan Says:

    No I hadn’t yet seen that. Cool. :-)

    PS> D’oh! I should have looked more closely shouldn’t I? Asimov is there! Yes!
    (Punches air then blushes.)

    Okay I take back that first line. :-D
    I think (since I posted the first line, then edited) you mean the Second Line:

    Of course, they’ve left off the important bit – Isaac Asimov novels! ;-)

    Why only Isaac, how about Sir Arthur Clarke, inventor of the Geostationary Satellite.

    Which brings me to: there’s a ‘science geek -> math geek/ physics geek/ literature geek, but no Astronomy Geek!

    7. schism Says:

    “Japan Fan?” Wouldn’t a real geek say “Otaku?”

    edit: Ah, otaku was cut off. But why have both?

    and what about Kaiju? Sic Rodan on ‘em!

    (odd reference: in Blue Sunshine from Movie Macabre/Elvira – available on YouTube, one character is sitting in a chair is flapping his arms, another mentions Rodan.. “the monster, not the sculptor)

    @Levi in NY: re language geek.. the question is whether the term ‘wonk’ (as in policy wonk) isn’t applicable, as well, or even better.

    One more.. should be a spinoff from Dewey Decimal to people who look up a book by its ISBN.

    J/P=?

  10. Nice, seems geeks have expanded quite a bit, almost proportionately becoming even more insular in the process. =p Of course I’m biased, but the Game Geeks specifically need a drastic re-education to protect them from such dangers.

  11. I’ve always wished I could avoid being considered a geek. Alas, such efforts have been futile.

  12. @John Paradox: The sculptor is Rodin, although the pronunciation is somewhat similar.

  13. Here’s a link to the actual creator of the chart.

  14. hhEb09'1

    “Hatred of real sports”? wha?

  15. I'd rather be fishin'

    There’s this guy I know, a former geologist now a science teacher, who went to Hawaii for the first time recently. He spent the first few days on the beach looking at the small bits of c0ral and shells in the sand, admiring the real lava rocks in the seawalls, etc.

    Waddya mean there were bikinis on the beach!! I never saw any…

  16. david

    music geek seems like a pretty glaring omission

  17. 9000 entries on Star Wars — which half of geekdom has been taking a special pleasure in hating ever since The Phantom Menace, if not the arrival of the damned Ewok — and only a single bubble for “anime”? Whedon but no Stephenson? Endless love for George Lucas but none for Quentin Tarantino? xkcd but no Penny Arcade? Asimov but no Clarke, Heinlein or Herbert? Watchmen but nothing by Neil Gaiman or Warren Ellis? Monty Python but nary a riff for Mystery Science Theater 3000?

  18. Radwaste

    Something’s missing.

    Oh, yeah. This!

  19. ad

    I always thought a geek was someone who bit the heads off chickens in the circus.

  20. Whitney

    Hmm… No female idols, except those that can be found in the groups like Watchmen, and even then I think whoever made this is only thinking of the WatchMEN. And the only real live human female that I can see is Summer Glau, who is classified in obsessions, off the bubble “geek fetish” no less. Somewhat understandable, considering this was made by a guy, but why can’t a few women be put in the idol mix, and maybe some dudes in the obsession/fetish category?

    Other than that this is pretty cool. I’m probably just nit-picking.

  21. gopher65

    Blake Stacey: Just how large do you want that map to be? It isn’t a *complete* map of geekdom. You could probably paper the entire surface of the Earth with such a map, if it were in physical form. Why, the section for “porn connoisseurs” alone would cover half of Siberia.

  22. paoconnell

    From “The Princess Bride:” “That’s right. When I was your age, television was called books.”

    There are a lot of book geeks, notably Harry Potter fans, but there’s many other books with fandoms, including The Wheel of Time series which has outlived its original author, various Japanese comic books, Sci-fi books (obvious link to Bad Astronomy), and even classical books.

  23. Naomi

    Hey, he spelt ‘Obi-Wan’ wrong.

    Oh, neat! Zelda’s there! I’ve been remembered! *is getting a Sheikah eye tattoo*

    Dammit, it’s Doctor Who, not Dr. Who. Dr. Who is the old dude in those movies in the sixties.

    I can tick off way too many of these… and probably add a bunch in.

  24. Paul M

    What, no Feynman?

  25. Yeah, I spent a lot of time looking for Wil. To no avail.

  26. @Dennis. Yes, I know the spelling, but used the ‘monster’ name to avoid confusing people.
    (In other words: If I’d used ‘Rodin’, someone would have corrected the ‘monster’ spelling.)

    I was ‘thinking’ which to use….. [pun]

    J/P=?

  27. freddy diaz

    Where is Spock? I guess he deserves a spot here

  28. 27. freddy diaz Says:

    Where is Spock? I guess he deserves a spot here

    Look between Trekkies (yellow) and Kirk (green).

  29. There’s plenty missing from this picture – but that just goes to show how much there really IS in Geekdom. There’s no way it could be drawn on a single page.

    P.S. Summer Glau? Hmmm, well yes. But it’s Kaylee who haunts my dreams. Something about a girl who can fix engines… :)

  30. Ryan

    I don’t understand why it says “Programmer Geek” -> “Binary” but “IT Geek” has actual programming languages. Programmer’s rarely deal in binary (though I did at my last job but I was writing device drivers that many commenters here are probably currently using) and IT people rarely deal with programming.

  31. DaveS

    Missing:

    Esperanto, and Klingon.

    Dvorak keyboards.

    LISP.

    Costuming.

    Filk.

  32. Harry

    Aww, no English/Creative Arts geek :(

  33. The history/politics corner was strangely missing any geek idols, not to mention blogging and Fark.

  34. Chris A.

    I’m going to have to take exception to “hatred of the outdoors.” I know a LOT of hikers, cyclists, climbers, and cavers who are most definitely geeks (myself included).

  35. I missed three of those. *sad*

  36. @34 Chris, have you heard of geocaching and geohashing? GPS games – great outdoor geek activities. I do both of them on occasions, great fun :)

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