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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Geek As The New Cool

I hate being the guy who bitches when his favorite obscure band gets big, but I have to say, this just saddens me. Do I love the "geek as cool" thing in culture? Of course (means less of us get beat up). Do I love seeing comics and sci-fi and all the other goodies we love being embraced by the mainstream? Of course. But labels like the below just make me feel like we're a flavor of ice cream that ain't gonna be around in a few months.

NBC: "Geeks are the new cool" for Fall TV

via Digg on 9/24/07

And, "We are all gravitating towards the underdog." So, geek TV shows like The Big Bang Theory, The Sarah Connor Chronicles and a retooled Bionic Woman make up roughly 20 percent of the major networks' new prime-time programming for the 2007-08 season.


Anonymous said...

Until someone finances a live action Herculoids movie, I still think that there's an untouched safe haven of true geekdom out there.

On the other hand, is this really a new trend?? From Misfits of Science and the Black Hole, to Alien Nation & Highlander, even to the really low budget 90's stuff like Forever Knight (or any of those other shows that used a flashlight across the eyes as a special lighting effect) and Hercules & Xena, it seems like there has never really been a dearth of geek culture in films or tv. So I'm not sure why the sudden media categorization as a "craze".

Maybe it's just cuz there's no Trek on for the first time in 20 years...So they figure 20 million viewers suddenly have much more free time...

Colin said...

It still doesn't help me get laid...