Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sometimes I am so slow to catch up on new trends. Apparently nerddom is the new cool. My friend Franki found this article that says the new hot thing among the dress-up-as-your-favorite-character crowd is emulating your favorite nerd-du-jour from the TV show "The Office." Wow. Weirdly, I kind of get dressing up as a Star Fleet officer, or a Klingon--though I don't get the whole Furry thing, but I digress. Yet worshiping the nerd culture seems kind of strange to me since it's an easily fulfilled dream in everyday life. But nerds are hot. Just look at some of our favorite movies. Peter Parker anyone? Spiderman is a geek under that spider suit and we love him for it. Or what about the new TV show Chuck? Instead of Best Buy's Geek Squad they have the "Nerd Herd," and Chuck, the main character, gets to use his less-than-muscular computer skills to save the day. And, not to be left out, is "Dr. Who's" David Tennant who makes "Geek Chic" look rather good. I wonder why our culture has decided to start idolizing the nerd? Not that there's anything wrong with that. We seem to be a schizophrenic culture in so many ways don't we? We say we like our women to have curves and but can't get enough of stick thin, vapid--- er, I'm digressing again. Moving on. I mentioned in my post about Power in the Modern World that despite the fact that money is probably this biggest yardstick of power in society, many of us still find physical power attractive. But there does seem to be this dichotomy developing. We like to look at men (and women) with muscular bodies, but maybe, just maybe, we respect the power of the mind a little more. I think we've certainly come to the point where we can at least acknowledge that the biggest advances in society were not accomplished by the guy with the biggest biceps. But dressing up as an office worker? Really?