It hit me last night as I watched Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley, that this is the best time in mankind’s history for geeks. Those of us dubbed nerds or dorks in high school have had to wait almost five decades for us to be the cool kids. Even Hollywood is crashing the White House Press awards now. For once, we rule.
First off, there’s a ton of entertainment out there for us – and it’s good stuff. Supergirl, the Flash, GoT, Silicon Valley, Daredevil, The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, Big Bang Theory, Agents of Shield…and that’s just on TV. Starting in December of last year we will get two Star Wars movies, a Star Trek film, Batman v. Superman (ugh!), Marvel Civil War, Doctor Strange, Suicide Squad, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Hollywood and the world has learned that the things we were mocked for as children are big bucks. Putting out a superhero or Star Wars movie is like printing money at this point.
Moreover our tastes are being accepted by the masses. I have to admit, it was kind of cool when it was just us geeks watching and reading this stuff. Now that the cool kids are into it, it does take a little bit away from it. At the same time, we get to say, “we were here first!” and not risk getting a swirly.
I can honestly remember having to hide my comic books at school to dodge ridicule and the random (and painful) Purple Nurple. For years it was hard to find tee-shirts with geek culture on them. You were hard pressed to find a Superman shirt. Now freaking Under Armour makes athletic super hero gear. Most of my wardrobe consists of super hero and TV shirts (much to my wife’s patient chagrin.) I was in the gym the other day and saw two other guys wearing Captain America shirts – one even complimented mine. If it was 1979 I would have gotten an Indian Burn for daring to show up with that kind of shirt on.
This Thursday I’m taking my hot wife to see Captain America Civil War and I know in line there will be dozens of kids decked out in the latest gear. There will be some in costume too. My wife, she will try and pretend none of this is happening. Deep down she knows she actually ended up marrying one of the cool kids. It just took decades for that to be known. (Actually she would kill at the chance to purge my wardrobe and make me purchase “adult appropriate” clothing…but I digress.)
Geek culture has never been so popular and accepted – for which I am thankful. Because it is so mainstream, the quality of the entertainment is fantastic too. As I dive into writing a new BattleTech novel, I realize that we dorks are now the ones pulling the strings on entertainment and culture. We are setting the tone and pace of what is in and what isn’t.
It’s a good time to be alive and geek!