Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I've Made Nerd!
So, who can guess what this depicts? The talented artist is Mr. B.
A while back, I met a woman at an academic conference who told me all about her proposed dissertation topic concerning nerd culture. Apparently, her anthropology department was not amused. Her argument was "culture" is that which is transmitted from parent to child, and so on, down the generations. Nerds teach their children specific culture, hence, "nerd culture."
There's been a bit of talk about what constitutes "nerd" and "geek," how they may or may not be the same thing, and so on, with quite a few unexpected people getting their geek on. Supposedly, geeking is cool now, so someone has to spoil it by co-opting it.
Wil Wheaton, who is a very polite and smart person with reliable geek cred, says a bit about this.
Meanwhile, keep transmitting. Somebody has to.