What that new Nerd vs. Geek infographic gets wrong about both

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Dec 15, 2012

When it comes to the popular pastime of forcing people into tidy, easily identifiable boxes, two of the most popular identifiers that crop up are "nerd" and "geek." Often the way we differentiate one from the other is debated. This latest graphic tries to boil the debate down to its simplest and most pure elements.

There's a major point of contention here, and it becomes clear immediately. Obviously, the image is trying to say that geeks are cool while nerds are not. While that's all well and good, it's what gets defined as "uncool" that we're calling into question, and, oh, the questions we have. Like ...

In what way does a CRT monitor factor into one being a nerd? Is coffee really that much cooler than an energy drink? Can Doctor Who and Battlestar Galactica be considered uncool when the former has more women fans than men and the latter was talked about as much around the water cooler as Lost?

Finally, can anything be more tired than the Star Trek vs. Star Wars argument? Is Trek even still the red-headed step-nerd right now? Last time we checked, Trek had a successful new franchise and Lucas had an angry fanbase on his hands because he keeps changing his movies in worse and worse ways.

We're not unwilling to go for "nerd" as hopeless basement troll and "geek" as self-aware pop-culture expert; it's just that the examples here are all wrong.

We put it to you—what is the real difference between a nerd and a geek? (Bonus points if you factor dweebs into the equation.)

(via Bit Rebels)