There are many self proclaimed nerds in our modern day society, one of them is the TV show "Glee". The writers and the producers, including the casts seems to be mocking us in the face and they parade these people as if they are really representing one of the social minorities, the battered, the humiliated, the isolated, and the passionate hobbyist(that's us).
Here in the Philippines, if you wear a nerd glasses, you're already considered as a nerd, despite not being one. And nowadays, in the media, they are saying things like "nerds are hot" or "nerds are sexy". I'm not saying we're special amongst other members of the social caste, but this is getting out of hand.
Do you get what I am trying to imply?
You know, if you're being yourself that's all that really matters. I dunno... I like "nerdy" things like World of Warcraft and Harry Potter and Portal and Tetris and all that, but I also like things like Led Zepplin and The Beatles and Florence and the Machine and Mumford and Sons, you know, things lots of people like. I guess I'm nerdy, and I definitely can be strange and out there, but I don't want to put a label on myself. I totally understand what you mean though, people going "I'M A NERD!!" because they saw the last Harry Potter movie and I'm just sitting there with books 1-7 and my alarm set to wake me up at four for Pottermore registration and I'm like "Really? Now, really." Mostly though, I believe you just act the way you want to act and it's all good :)
I feel like being a nerd is suddenly very "in" or "cool" or whatever right now, and it sort of bothers me when people who are actually cool call themselves nerds, but then they seem to look down at the people who really are nerds, not just nerd posers. But I feel like the "nerdiness" that is in right now is sort of a separate thing from actual nerds like the awesome people of nerdfighteria. "Nerd posing" is just a fad, but the nerds of nerdfighteria will forever be nerdy and awesome, and in the end that's all that really matters. We are the heart of the awesome things about being nerds, wheras the posers are just taking it at a sort of skin-deep level and twisting it to fit their own standards.
BTW nerd glasses are just about the stupidest trend I have ever seen. I mean, I think they are sort of cool looking, but I think that they don't really make you a nerd or not a nerd or cool or not cool or whatever. They're just glasses.
I think that the idea of the nerd might be popular but as far as all things that a nerd can be it might not ever be popular. For example what is the chance that doctor who or Hank Green music will become extremely popular is small. I think that what some people think nerds are like will become popular but as we have proven we tend not to fit inside of what people think of us. The whole point of being a nerd is to be yourself I that will never fit into what is popular.
It's the same with the hipster culture. You slap on thick-framed glasses and a plaid shirt and voila -- hipster.
But yeah, the biggest thing for me is the offense I take because of how much grief I've been given for acting "nerdy," per say, and then my old enemies are walking into school with their Doctor Who talk, as in, "I'm the biggest nerd ever!" The people who only recently became "nerdy" are being praised while the people who have remained "nerdy" since a young age are still persecuted in the same sort of way. It feels hypocritical.
If they had legitimately changed their views, and started liking the things I liked, or beginning more intelligent conversations (or whatever your nerd criteria is), I wouldn't have a problem. They can like things or change. People change. But when they go "oh, Harry Potter!" then turn around and say, "Nice robe, geek," I will be angry.
Judgment must be passed on an individual basis, I suppose.
Pfft, I was nerdy before it was cool.
I quit paying attention to labels in general and just be myself. I enjoy watching Glee, but I do get a little annoyed with their version of uncool people. But like all trends, this one will fade as well and us real nerds will have our lame/awesome spot back in the world.
Sure, it annoys me that the media is trying to popularize geekdom, but the thing is that it's a fashion trend; it won't last that long.
And I'd rather embrace the trend. Here, in my art school, we have geeks of every walk of life in abundance, which I'm glad for. I find that the populrization of geekdom has made it a much safer place and people who are truly passionate about such things are thus they far more open about it.