Maintaining the Nerd

It’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged.  I apologize, but if you’re reading this, you probably weren’t sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for my next blog post.  A lot has happened since my last post and a lot happened before that and I have sat down and attempted to blog, multiple times about the happenings in my life, Secret Weapon Media being the major development, I never seem to have the time.  That brings me to the topic at hand.  Maintaining the Nerd/Geek/Dweeb or whatever you’d like to call it.  I know that each of those terms have their own definition and subtle nuances but at this point, they all seem to blend together.

In the heyday of my early twenties I could easily claim to be a nerd.  I owned a few gaming systems, spent nights playing counter-strike with my clan and even had a clan server.  I was relatively techy, relatively well read and was aware of all of the major occurrences in nerd culture (I think).  I was never a comic book guy, but I had dabbled enough to even fit in if the conversation called for it.  But those were the days of undergrad, in a humanities program.  Work was minimal, recreational drinking and gaming along with a light peppering of women that deemed me decent enough to date were my day to day activities.

But as I sit here now, a 30 year old man, with my own company doing technological things…I realize that today, here and now, to call yourself a full blown nerd is nearly impossible.  Gone are the days of playing a game of Dungeons and Dragons and by that alone being able to deem yourself a nerd, the internet, while bringing nerd culture to the forefront has made that culture so vast that it’s nearly impossible to grasp.

I own the latest tablet, smartphone, laptop and gaming systems even with a few unreleased betas rocking around in there and that by no means can constitute me as a nerd anymore.  I have a full time job that is based in social media and forces me to stay on top of trends that are on-going throughout the internet.  But all of this, still deems me unfit to be a nerd.

Nerds are the original hipsters

A nerd to me is someone that knows just about everything about every sub-culture or counter-culture out there.  They know Linux is kernel and they know that X-Box 720 is slated to come out in Q1 of 2013.  They have beat Skyrim, they are already playing Borderlands 2, they read graphic novels, they know when the release of Jelly Bean for the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be.  They have already played and mastered Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.  They are looking forward to Windows 8, only so they can trash it and they relish the fact that Apple’s iOS6 had an epic fail of a mapping app, or they hate it because they’re Apple fanatics.  Technology is only the tip of the iceberg for the all around nerd, Star Trek, Firefly and Big Bang Theory are other forms of nerd culture that need to be followed.  But staying current on all of this has become impossible for the nerd of any age.  It’s absolutely dumbfounding the amount of information out there. To stay ahead of it would take a lifetime, just for what has come out in the past week.

Today alone, I have optimized social media channels for 3 separate businesses, had drinks with other techies where we discussed operating systems of different smartphones and the impending Windows 8 attempt at taking over the smartphone world.  I then delved into the world of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive where I not only honed my skills as an AWP specialist (I got pwned, despite the 1337 skills I had back in the day) then I switched to Skyrim on my X-Box, even though it came out nine months ago and I got it on the day it came out, I still lag behind my nerd brethren as I am only a measly level 58 in the game, (alteration, smithing and enchanting at 100 though, for those judging me).  I’ve researched white hat SEO tactics, discussed RSS feeds and have posted on 3 different news articles regarding the current Muslim uprisings regarding the film Innocence of Muslims.  Now that’s all well and good, but that hardly qualifies me as a nerd…

What else have I done with my day?  I put groceries away, I took the dog out, I cuddled my girlfriend.  I understand that the mere existence of a girlfriend may strip me of my right to be deemed a nerd and this, is the point of this post.

Being a self-proclaimed nerd has become too difficult.  It’s impossible to keep up with the Redditors, the Tweeters, the Google+’ers (I’m not including Facebook here, everyone has that shit and you’re not a nerd if you only have that).  Have I seen The Dark Knight Rises? Fuck no I haven’t, because I just don’t have the time.  Between job, girlfriend, dog and life, as well as staying on top of the newest memes and everything else happening in the nerd-o-sphere it’s just not manageable.

No. No you aren’t buddy

So what is the point of all this? Nothing really.  I guess it’s a nerd appreciation post and an attempt to put nerds into different categories.  I’ll still proudly call myself a nerd to those that are unaware of all the things I don’t know, but I’ll qualify it a little bit more from now on. And if you understood everything I wrote in this post.  Props to you.  But you know as well as I do that you’re behind and while you wasted your time reading this, you probably missed the next big meme on 4chan or failed to back the next OUYA on kickstarter (I backed it, bring on March 2013).  For shame!

Editors note: I drank wine and craft beer while writing this and then didn’t edit it.  Deal with it! 


One thought on “Maintaining the Nerd

  1. I “FacebookLike” this!! I heard that term said by two men dressed in military gear posing for tourists by the brandenburg gate in Berlin this weekend, where I spent an extremely heavy 40 hour, 1 night Stag Do! I by no means claim to be a nerd, never have done, never will do. To me the term still provides negative connotations. Don’t get me wrong I exhibit many a quality/trait of a nerd. I work for one of the world’s largest IT firms, I really like Tecnology, I like twitter to the extent I micro blogged my mates stag do (Well some of it at least!) and I’m replying to my mates blog in a comment! However for me a nerd is someone who focuses on one thing, any one thing, to the point where he/she becomes socially unattractive to anyone other than a nerd of the same genre. I think you can be a nerd/geek/dweeb in any area, IT, comics, even sport, possibly particularly sport, however what you cannot do, what this article certainly articulate, and what simply defies the laws of physicss, is to be a nerd in more than one genre!

    To me it is similar to a great quote I heard about expertise. “An expert is someone who learns more and more about less and less, until eventually they know everything about nothing!”

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