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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:49 pm    Post subject: King of the Nerds... Reply with quote

Anyone else watching this show? Anyone else finding themselves kind of offended by it...but unable to not watch?

I feel like it's bad enough we've got shows like The Guild and Big Bang Theory, which are, to my mind, not really celebrating "nerd culture," but contributing to the consolidation and monetization of a variety of subcultures that *used* to be defined by being on the "outside" or whatever you want to call it.

I'm responding to King of the Nerds on two levels: first, I find it annoying that its clearly written/produced by people who have no respect for what makes nerds nerds. I'm thinking, "they're getting it wrong!" which I guess means I'm a nerd--the kind of person who's going to complain on the internet about a TV show getting things wrong Wink

Second, I find myself thinking Dungeons and Dragons, Cosplaying, Chess, Batman, tattoos, etc. etc. are less cool--less desirable for me to admit to liking. Because many of the contestants are just unlikable (especially Alana). Which means I'm kind of becoming "mainstream" because I don't want to like the things these nerds like.

Not wanting to like the things I like, because I perceive them and therefore myself as uncool?? So--on another level it means I *am* kind of like Alana, who clearly dislikes herself.

So yeah, I don't know. Ever since my school days, my reaction to trends was to do the opposite. The show, and the cultural shift it is riding, make me unsure where to stand.

Am I just way over-analyzing this? What do you think about all this?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Somebody put a lot of work into a Wiki page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_of_the_Nerds

Whatever floats your boat!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If you are doing something because everyone else is not doing it, then you are still riding the trends.

Who cares? Que sera sera. Like what you like regardless of what popular culture says.


I know :/ I really really wish it were that easy for me, but I've always been a self-conscious person, and one who wonders what it means to like something. No matter where we're planting our flag, or why we're telling ourselves we're planting one, there's always an element of making an investment in cultural capital. No matter how much I just want to like the things I like, liking something is a way for other people to make money off me. And I guess my point is that this show makes me more aware of that dilemma.

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Nerds are on the outside because they don't relate well to their peergroup and can't (or won't) alter the behavior--and it's not collecting Marvel Comics Action Figures--that makes them repugnant to those peers. Focusing on subcultures where geeks and nerds often find solace as being the definition of a nerd is mistaking the hundreds of thousands of years of human development that has created a situation where there will always be outliers in every pack.


Well said! A personality quirk that makes it hard for you to self-reflect, and therefore learn social behaviors, etc. isn't something that can be monetized. But define nerd as the subcultures, and convince nerds that they belong to it, and suddenly you can sell them stuff because they believe it's part of their identity.

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And for the record, it you're pissed off because somebody is making money off of something that you used to like, that doesn't make you a nerd. It makes you a hipster.


Probably, haha. But to be honest I still like all those things despite myself. But that's actually a really good way to define hipsters!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vulpeslibertas wrote:
Is this a bad thing? If someone gives you something that you enjoy, should you not give them something they enjoy in return?


I have no problem with capitalism or exchanging commodities. What I'm trying to say is the show highlights the fact that often our identities become commodities. And I don't want my sense of self to be bought and sold. But maybe I can't avoid it and I shouldn't worry about it. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of the best things in life are given with no expectation of return. The market seems to have somewhat dissolved that idea.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

vulpeslibertas wrote:
ewomack wrote:
Most of the best things in life are given with no expectation of return.
Oh, really Twisted Evil I think that's not as true as you think it is.


I think that people don't think it's true, which makes me sad. But I'm dealing with it.
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