Nerds and geeks need to chill out.
Even in my dorkiest days, my contentions about what was and was not authentically geeky had limits. No so geek blog Io9's recent "Reminder: The Big Bang Theory Is the Goddamned Worst," article. It's not enough for the nerds of the world that comic book sales are rebounding, Fantasy (Game of Thrones) and computer geekdown (Silicon Valley) are dominating HBO, and the are showing superhero ads during the SuperBowl. Three of them, in fact.
of feeling satisfied with this victory, or beleaguered by the
over-saturation, they instead cast stones at the super smash hit,
claiming the show goes for the "easy jokes." For example, when
discussing the intergenerational hit Saga, which looks at the beauty,
horror and comical nature of parenting set in a fantasy-science
background, the show rags on the fact that there are boobs on the cover.
guess their take is, why not use a prime time sitcom to discuss, at
length, the impressive literary and artistic merits of Saga, especially
in the context of ever increasing powerful, dramatic stories in the
comic medium, and how they are receiving attention from the mass media.
What a terrible idea. And a boring one, too. I think a boob joke, if it
gets Saga into a conversation on TV, is superb. This is prime time
television. It's already a miracle that TV's #1 show discusses quantum
physics, Hulk hands and uses a 14th grade vocabulary. Are you really
going to push the "You're not going far enough" thing?
perhaps, it does come back to the "us vs. them" tribalism thing that no
one is immune to. I guess seeing someone purporting to be even a little
like you, on TV, is reason enough for people to recoil and say "Nay!"
Perhaps they want higher standards for their dopplegangers. Or they feel
that something sacred and private has become public and profane. Maybe
having more people fighting for the future of geek culture is better
than having no one.
Let's just not get too carried away with the purism.