Another blogger posted a thought on FB the other day which is one that has been percolating in my brain for a few years now…
When did it become cool to be a nerd?
Nerds rule the world and they are the new cool kids. Sheldon and the gang never have to fear rejection from the masses. The Doctor wears a friggin bow tie and makes it look cool. Because they are cool, ya know… bowties… There are entire weekend long conventions across the nation for nerds of all kinds. The internet is their domain, for sure. Chris Hardwick has not one, but TWO television shows and a podcast dedicated to nerdom. He even coined his own term for today’s nerds- Nerdist. Because they are elite now.
I mean, yeah, I get it, nerds are awesome. I’m one of them. (Although, I might classify more as a dork b/c I was never asked to join the National Honor Society, nor was I ever in any academic clubs or anything). But whether one is a nerd, a dork, or a geek, your time is NOW. You have permeated pop culture.
What’s bugging me, I guess, is that I was a dork before it was chic. And that blows.
I never got asked to prom. Didn’t have my first kiss until college. Had glasses and braces and loved Anne Rice before it was en vogue. In my formative years, in the height of my own geekhood, I was invisible, a non-entity, and I’m bitter about it.
Why couldn’t nerds have come into power about 20 years earlier?