Some of the biggest movies of the last few years have been based on fantasy novels, comic books and other parts of nerd culture. Sci-fi and fantasy shows like ‘Lost’ are household names. Videogames are more popular than ever, and a huge chunk of the population carry around mini-computers in their pockets. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say the majority of the population falls into the category of “nerd.” Would you call yourself a nerd?
Nerds come in all shapes and sizes. There’s the traditional ‘D&D’ playing, videogame obsessed, sci-fi and fantasy geek that we’re all familiar with, but that’s not the limit of nerdom. There’s the obsessive Blu-ray collector, for example, who knows all about the transfer process and complains about studios using an inferior encoding process.
How about the guy who jumps into the Weekend Roundtable posts to debate the merits of a particular film? I’d call him a nerd too. In fact, if you posted at all in the “Movie Madness” polls here, I’d say that you’re right up there. Come on, do you really think you can talk about a fight between Iron Man and the Terminator and not be a giant dork? This is not a bad thing, mind you, but it definitely puts you in the category.
In fact, I’d say that nearly everyone I know is a nerd of some sort. In an informal poll of my friends, 70 percent said that they self-identify as nerds. Some are into comics, others dig fantasy baseball, and one walked into her wedding reception to the Throne Room/End Title music of ‘Star Wars’.
I assume that if you’re reading a blog about HDTV, Blu-ray, videogames and movies, you’re some sort of nerd. But I want to know what you think. Do you identify yourself as a nerd? If so, or if not, tell us why in the comments!