Friday, February 25, 2011

Are you geeking out?

Friday, February 25, 2011
Everytime I heard the word "geek", I'll picture a "nerd" boy wearing big glasses and carrying lotsa books ... ehehheh. From my high school years, I've always admire the one who are wearing glasses, for me, they really look intelligent and "he must be a smart boy!" what a silly perception right?

So, what is the meaning of "geek"?

From wikipedia,

The word "geek" is a slang term, with different meanings ranging from "a computer expert or enthusiast" to "a carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts", with a general pejorative meaning of "a peculiar or otherwise dislike person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual"

The word "geek" has been used in the NEW MEDIA FRAMEWORK. New media or the current media are as such; social network sites (FB, MySpace), online games, video sharing sites (YouTube) and gadgets such as iPods and smartphones (iPhone, BlackBerry).

From a current research on how do we really integrate these new media in our life, they have outlined three terminology or genres of participation with new media.

1) Hanging out

A genre of participation that correspond with friendship-driven practices in which engagement with new media is motivated by desire to maintain social connection with friends.

Activities: hanging out in FB, BBM (BlackBerry Messenger), WhatsApp Smartphone Messenger, "Twittering"

2) Messing around

A genre of participation that represents the beginning of a more intense engagement with new media. Focus on the workings and content of the technology and media themselves, thinkering, exploring and extending their understanding.

Activities: using search engines ("Googling"); other forms of online exploration such as web forums; using digital production tools in customizing and thinkering for media creation

3) Geeking out

A genre of participation primarily refers to an intense commitment or engagement with new media or technology often one particular media property, genre, or a type of technology.

Activities: programming, blogging, "moodling" in MOODLE, developing databases
Source: Living and learning with new media: Summary of findings from the digital youth project

From the above description, I guess am a "geek" after all! am blogging and it's considered as geeking out with new media ... ehhehehe

Am a "geek",

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