A brief history of geeks

Before smartphones, social networks, and other must-have tech, it wasn't a badge of honor to be called a geek. Here's a look back at the evolution of the nerds.

Geeks Land in Pop Culture

The 1980s marked a shift in geek culture. That's was when super-smart—if socially awkward—folks stepped into the spotlight by landing starring roles in movies and TV shows. It would be a while, however, before "geek" actually became cool. But geeks did win a place in America's heart thanks to likeable incarnations such as Louis, Gilbert and Poindexter from Revenge of the Nerds; Doogie Howser, M.D.; Steve Urkel; Screech from Saved by the Bell; and Anthony Michael Hall as "The Geek" in Sixteen Candles. [Image credits: Copyright 20th Century Fox via Hulu.com (top); Wikipedia (below)]

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