It’s an unbelievable time to be a nerd. It’s like my seven-year-old self put on my red orange puffy vest and traveled to a time when there are a 100 hours of Hobbits on a big screen, new visits are being made to the Star Wars galaxy, the Avengers have assembled, and superheroes flash across my TV screen. Again, it’s an unbelievable time to be a nerd.
Yet a 5 minute visit to Twitter would make you think we’re all living in a pocket dimension ruled by an alien race with goatees who force us to live of the meager scraps of King of Queens reruns.
We have nerdy things we never could have dreamed of, yet you’d think that our evil goateed overlords have shredded our comics, sabotaged all projectors, and stolen our Netflix password. Everything is awesome, yet many nerds are still unhappy, and taking every opportunity to complain and deconstruct the awesomeness.
Nerds on Earth is an Enthusiast Website
One reader remarked that an 8.5 rating we had given an episode of The Walking Dead should’ve “been cut in half”, to which I wondered if we should round down or round up, since our rating system doesn’t go the the hundredths position.
Nerds on Earth is an enthusiast website. We’re not going to give an episode of The Walking Dead a 4.3 (I couldn’t help myself, I rounded up) unless it featured a cameo from Jar Jar Binks and two Kardashian sisters. The way I figure it, the simple fact that my 7-year-old self could’ve have imagined a zombie show of the depth of The Walking Dead being on TV warrants a floor of at least a 5.0, and depending upon the appearances of Daryl, it only goes up from there.
Does all Nerd Content Get a Free Pass?
Does that mean that Nerds on Earth is never critical or int out things we don’t like? Not at all! We still obviously point out things we don’t like and even our most complimentary reviews might be laced with sarcasm and snark. Sure, we’re enthusiastic, but we’re not uncritical. With that in mind, did you see the 3rd season of Arrow? Woof. That was NOT their best work.
But the simple fact is this: We want to LIKE this stuff. We’re nerds and we’re thrilled that a show like Agents of SHIELD even exists, so our first instinct is to enjoy the heck out of it.
There’s the old journalism adage that “if it bleeds, it leads,” meaning of course, that a negatively written post or highlighting a piece of bad news will draw more attention, because humans. As nerdy interlocutors have followed this line of thinking it has brought us to a place where us nerds can eat our own young, picking at the smallest of nits.
You know what? The physics of Guardians of the Galaxy didn’t make a lick of sense but there was a Raccoon in space, which is awesome. And sometimes being awesome is simply enough.
Charlotte Armstrong explained that a nerd is “just someone who is really passionate about something.” I think you could substitute the word enthusiastic for passionate, so yes, we’re an enthusiast site. We’ll probably round up on our reviews and will lead wit the things we loved about a movie, and not first look for things to deconstruct.
It’s an unbelievable time to be a nerd. I say we should enjoy it.