Nerd Culture: Past, Present & Future

Nerd Culture: Past, Present & Future

Nerd Culture: Past, Present & Future

0 comments 📅21 September 2016, 13:48

Let’s face it; geek culture is now mainstream. Thanks to the large amount of geek TV shows, books and movies, our culture is now popular.  Which is great right? Well some people think so and others not so much. As with anything the popularity of geek and nerd culture has its pros and its cons.

Pros:

  • We’re (somewhat) popular

From video games to comic books everything geek is becoming popular. Although we might not necessarily get more popular, the things we like are getting much more so. Which is a definite pro because who doesn’t like to see these things finally get the recognition they deserve. It’s nice to see people finally recognize nerd culture, not only  as interesting, but cool.

  • No longer persecuted (as much)

With all things geek becoming mainstream there’s one BIG upside: less bullying. I’m sure most of us that grew up as super geeky kids remember a time when EVERYONE was a geek. When we’re kids everyone is into cartoons, movies and superheroes but at some point around middle school it becomes uncool. That’s when problems start for quite a few of us. While bullying is a problem that may continue, it’s nice to know future generations may not be bullied as much.

  • Plenty of cool new stuff for us

One of the best things about geek culture being common is the amount of content we get as a result. Some argue that the quality of all of the content isn’t wonderful, (*cough* DC haters) and I agree with you. However, that doesn’t 1980s-geek-culture-art-the-80s-last-1change the fact that it’s exciting just to see some version of things being made. Yes, Arrow could be written better, that doesn’t mean it’s not wonderful to see such an underrated superhero on TV.

The pros seem pretty substantial to me, and I’m sure you can think of plenty of other ones. I am definitely happy with our culture getting much more recognition and all the new content that’s out there. There are however still some cons.

Cons:

  • Bandwagons

One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard from the nerd community: “I was a fan of this before it was big”. It’s very frustrating to see something we were truly passionate about be popular so much after we discovered it. It’s a strange feeling because you’re happy it’s a big deal now but you dislike that people are just now realizing how great it is when you’ve been telling them it’s great for so long.

  • Too much change (in some cases)

One of the big downsides of the mainstream geek movement is how much change happens to the good things. For example Arrow, they have Oliver Queen and him being a vigilante with a bow and Arrow but they didn’t really capture the essence of the traditional Green Arrow. With the Batman villains and the darker tone that it’s been given it’s understandable it’s been called a Batman show without Batman. I usually argue that there have been dark versions of Green Arrow before, such as from the Outsiders War, however I would have also liked to see the sarcastic, funny, and at times controversial Green Arrow I had come to know and love.

  • Dilution of our culture

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Quite possibly the worst downside to geek culture being so mainstream now is how diluted it’s becoming.  Because of reasons 1 and 2 in the cons list geek culture and the geek community is becoming somewhat diluted, from fake nerds to people who act like they know but really only have a basic understanding of things, it’s not only die hard nerds anymore.

Let’s look at the bright side

It’s all a matter of perspective. If you look at all of these things in a negative light of course they’ll be negative but I say we should see the bright side. Yes some things are changing and maybe right now they don’t seem like they’re for the best but someday we might grow to love them. The great thing about nerd culture and the geek community is we’re pretty inclusive, and while we may not all agree on everything there’s definitely room here for all of us. I’m just glad my children won’t grow up in a world where they’ll be treated as some of us were, even if they are named after superheroes.

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