Building Nerdy Common Ground with Tie-In Fiction

It’s kind of hard to imagine going back to an era where nerds were persecuted, a la Revenge of the Nerds.

Not that it’s hard to remember that time, of course. It was still in my lifetime where playing Pokemon in fifth grade was cool and playing Pokemon in sixth grade meant your social life was over. And it wasn’t that long ago that my friends and I gathered together to discuss what our cover story would be for this weekend so we wouldn’t have to admit to people that we were getting together to try to figure out how to play Dungeons and Dragons.

What’s interesting is that, despite our own tribal nerdery, we would never think of getting together with Pokemon nerds and seeing if we could find some common ground. Just as we would never consider going to book nerds and inviting them to play. We were ...

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Finding Nerdy Common Ground with Tie-In Fiction

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< p class="frontmatter">Please enjoy this encore post on tribal nerdery, originally published October 2016. Sometimes I wonder what color my vomit will be when someone tries to hold up Revenge of the Nerds as an important cultural piece of pop culture history. That might sound crude, of course, but in my defense I didn’t specify what would cause the bodily ejection. I’ve just been at New York Comic Con, see, where I’ve been alternately drinking heavily and meandering through a crowd where we are all breathing heavily on each other and generally absorbed in the miasma of color and sound that is our beautiful pop culture landscape. And it’s kind of hard to imagine going back to an era where nerds were persecuted. Not that it’s hard to remember that time, of course. It was still in my lifetime where playing Pokemon in fifth grade was cool and playing Pokemon in sixth ...
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Tie-In Fiction, and Stepping Outside of Tribal Nerdery

revenge-nerds Sometimes I wonder what color my vomit will be when someone tries to hold up Revenge of the Nerds as an important cultural piece of pop culture history. That might sound crude, of course, but in my defense I didn’t specify what would cause the bodily ejection. I’ve just been at New York Comic Con, see, where I’ve been alternately drinking heavily and meandering through a crowd where we are all breathing heavily on each other and generally absorbed in the miasma of color and sound that is our beautiful pop culture landscape. And it’s kind of hard to imagine going back to an era where nerds were persecuted. Not that it’s hard to remember that time, of course. It was still in my lifetime where playing Pokemon in fifth grade was cool and playing Pokemon in sixth grade meant your social life was over. And it wasn’t that long ...
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