Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Geek Chic

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?

13 comments:

The Curmudgeon said...

Why weren't nerds hot when I was a young and single nerd?

*Sigh*

texasboyblue said...

Are we worshipping the nerds? Or are we worshipping a little of everything? Just becuase Chuck is hot (is he REALLY?), does tha mean you don't enjoy an eyeful of Cameron on "Dancing with the Stars"? Maybe our society is culturally aged enough to enjoy all of its aspects and respect ...err...talent in its many, diverse forms.

Nah....

:-)

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm such a nerd that I don't have any interest in dressing the part. It's too close to reality.

SQT said...

Curmudgeon

I can think of many people who would have benefited from the "Geek Chic" trend.

TBB

Honestly, I have no idea who Cameron is.

Charles

That's the part that baffles me. Dressing up as nerdy office workers? You mean they don't do this everyday already?

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

There's someone at work today who looks spot on as Shawn of the Dead.

Geek is definitely in right now. I think people are starting to identify with and cheer for the underdog goofball and movies and TV are giving us more to cheer for. I think the tough part will be to make all of these geeks fully realized characters instead of 2D nerds.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Nerds are a minor blip on the horizon, and I wouldn't even call them a blip. Maybe a pffts. Texasblueboy is right (and hey..what sort of name is that? I mean it sounds like a porno title. "Hi, I'm Texas Blue Boy, and I'm here to fix your copier." "Oh, right this way." "Thanks, I have a cartridge for you."
"Really? Hmmmmmm." "Where do you want it?" "Right here." "Oh my!!!")

Anyway, that all being said, the nerd is the perfect bait for the angst ridden. But do you really believe most of the actors they've cast as nerds? More like hunks and babes in nerds clothing. I mean, come on.

I don't think the shallow of our culture will long be denied their Paris Hiltons, Brittney Spears, and Dick Cheney. Wait..what did I just right. ("Oh, Tex, how long have you been working at this company?")

Jean-Luc Picard said...

I guess they are seen as the sort least likeliest to be heroes...so they are!

Matt said...

My guess is that nerds are today's counter-culture. And counter-cultures almost by definition are rebellious and cool. It used to be skateboarders and ballers when I was a teenager but since coming to New York I'm definitely seeing more of the nerd chic look.

Personally, it looks like the movement might be approaching saturation point. I wonder what will be the next "in" look?

SQT said...

I guess after "heroin chic" anything can come into vogue.

Fab said...

yeah the focus these days is mainly on the nerds - and they've become cool all of a sudden!

Athough the dressing up as them...???

We here in Europe (and I mean Belgium cause can't generalize) don't do the dressing up thing with Halloween - so haven't seen many people dressed as famous nerds - that I've noticed at least.

Lee said...

Remember Revenge of the Nerds? Those characters are who I think of when I think "nerd".

Dressing up and going to an Office Convention is sad, sad, sad.

Alex said...

OMG Billie Piper makes my peepee tingle!

Dapixara said...

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