I'll buy the notion that "geek" can imply someone who consumes a vast amount of (trivial?)
information or perhaps as a synonym for connoisseur.
But the flipside is that it's easy to bite off and chew, as opposed to some of the other
proposed terms. And frankly, I just don't see the negative connotations that you and others
associate with it.
If you guys are right, I'll be highly disappointed and will burn myself in effigy.