Nouveau geek (French for “new geek”), refers to a person who has acquired considerable technical savvy without the deep foundational knowledge of a computer scientist. This term is generally to emphasize that the individual was previously part of a different educational curriculum, such as liberal arts, and that such education has not necessarily provided the means for the development of web sites or the use of gadgets that were previously unobtainable, but rather the Socratic drive to keep questioning, learning, creating, viewing source, copying and pasting, and using WordPress themes and widgets. The term can also be used in a derogatory fashion by hard core techies, for the purposes of intellectual distinction, to describe persons with newfound knowledge as lacking the experience or finesse to use technology in the same manner as the “old geek”—persons who actually know how to write software from scratch but often have no interpersonal skills or the ability to apply complex concepts to modern or everyday business scenarios.
Our internet marketing manager is such a nouveau geek.
You see them everywhere with their ipad, smart phone or any other hand held computer. They run their entire lives from thier moblie pc. Whats annoying to the old school geek is that if you asked them 2 years ago what the internet was, they would have replied porn and free music.
Mike: Hows it going Scott?
Scott: If you read my tweets you would know dude.
Mike: But i'm stood here talking to you.
Scott: But my facebook status is sooo funny right now.
Mike: I'm right here...
Scott: hang on a minute, I gotta tweet this conversation.
Mike walks off... 'you apple fanbois are so nouveau geek'