You know the scene. A hot girl with glasses titters, “I’m such a nerd!” Yet… you are not so easily swayed.
My theory: people are catching on to the fact that geeks/misfits/high school loners are the ones who truly do change the world and shine the hardest. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, the Facebook guy, Tina Fey etc. It’s like the ugly duckling story. I think everyone wants a piece of that.
My theory goes on to state that people who do not yet know how to be themselves grab hold of this phenomenon because it is real. If you choose to identify with something that is real does that make you real as well? Geek-dom is real because it is all about being goofy and awkward and funny and ultimately down-to-earth. It’s about really liking something and connecting with other people who like that thing too and not caring if anyone else thinks about you or not.
In Malaysia there were two or three instances in which I had to socialize with embassy officials and their ilk. Successful, intelligent, well-rounded, accomplished, global professionals. Are you sweating yet? The first time I was incredibly nervous and therefore a shy mushy blob of human. Yet the second and third times I realized something: all these fancy and daunting people were actually huge nerds! They were the smarty pants in high school who were always dreaming big yet maybe not drinking beer after the football games. They were probably not hot or suave. I felt at home and I felt proud.
So being a geek is in these days. Some people get mad about it. But I say, why worry? The real geeks know who they are and the “late-adopters” are plainly visible. They can just spin in circles over there.