GEEK PORTRAYAL ON TV
Thanks to The Big Bang Theory, being a Geek has never been hotter than it is today. Two words that traditionally didn’t go together until now. It is largely because of their success that shows like Comic Book Men and most recently King of the Nerds have come into our homes. What I find interesting is the same people who may revere TBBT, have negative feelings towards the other two shows. Calling both stereotypical of the geek culture. But doesn’t TBBT do the same to an extent?
Personally I love Big Bang. I look at it as celebration of who we are as a fan base. It’s also a show about acceptance no matter who we are. But I also enjoy Comic Book Men for the same reasons. I admit to spending many hours at the local neighborhood shop with friends and foes alike having similar discussions and coming across the most “interesting” of individuals. I think it’s an honest portrayal of what goes on in any particular shop across America. With the exception of Kevin Smith stopping by every now and then.
As far as King of the Nerds, an argument can be made that it does feed into the geek stereotype. But to me its no different from any other show that has a predominate type of cast ala a show revolving around cops, doctors or lawyers. The same perceptions play out weekly on these traditional shows. This one is about nerds. KOTN although a reality show still has a target audience to appeal to and I think they do just that. It’s hardly a great show but it is harmless and whether we want to admit it or not we geeks do have a tendency to act just the way it is portrayed on KOTN. And there is nothing wrong with that.
May the Dork be with you,
The Dork Knight