I said this somewhere pretty "normal" the other day and the person I said it to not only "got it", but they laughed as well. It struck me as just a little odd and made me wonder- has being a geek transcended our culture that much?
Is this a sarcastic remark or a social commentary on the state of gaming-indoctrinatedness our culture has become?
Will Wheaton and George Takei (and to some extent, William Shatner) have brought out a fairly popular and almost ubiquitous familiarity with that which is nerdy. (Check your Facebook and Twitter feeds- they are likely full of reposts/retweets of these guys' materials.)
Is this a good thing? Am I over estimating the impact of 'geek chic'?
Didn't Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World rock the theaters last year?
I'm having a hard time dismissing the fact that being a dork is not as bad as it used to be.
Ancillary to this thought is the "+1". While we do have Google+ and Facebook that have helped these ideas along, the premise of adding a level is pretty intrinsic to games and gamers. But I hear and see "+1" all over the place- even on 'normal' websites- career advice blogs, cooking blogs, and dating sites.
Geeks have even come into sitcoms. I mean, damn near everyone knows who Sheldon Cooper is, and Stan Lee is some sort of pop culture hero...
I don't know what happened, but somewhere along the line I stopped being so "out there" and became mainstream... or
I roll to disbelieve