I just browsed the nerd tag on Tumblr for about two minutes and I got severely annoyed. Apparently, most people think they can slap on a pair of non-perscription, fake ray bans and that automatically makes them a “nerd”.
I get that the whole “nerdiness” thing is sorta in right now, but as an actual nerd who had to go through a fair amount of ridicule during my elementary/middle school years because of my nerdiness, all these newfound “nerds” piss me off. A lot of these idiots would have been the people making fun of me for wearing an Ash Ketchum hat out in public. Most of these punks can’t tell you why Thunderbolt would be an absolutely useless attack against a Rhydon. They probably couldn’t even tell you something as simple as when The Lord of the Rings takes place (it’s near the end of the Third Age of Middle Earth, by the way), or how many incarnations of The Doctor there have been. Would they know the difference between a hinkypunk and a tauntaun? Probably not. Could they tell you anything about The Joker that was not in Nolan’s Batman: The Dark Knight? Again, nope.
In a way, it’s cool that nerds are kinda “in” now, but it’s unfortunate that douche bags and posers are capitalizing on our turf. If you wanna join the ranks of nerd-dom, then great! I love welcoming people into the marvelous worlds that The Doctor can show people, or talking to them about their first experience with the Hogwarts express.
But you can’t just call yourself a nerd if you put on a pair of glasses. That’s stupid. If I called myself a jock whenever I picked up a football, people would realize as soon as I threw it that I was certainly a faker.
Phew. Rant over.