Wake Up, Geek Culture. Time to Die
Posted 11 January 2011 - 12:26 AM
Oh, Mr. Oswalt. You are showing your age. For every generation that grows up together, there will be corresponding sub- and counter-cultures. The popular, or “pop” culture gleans it’s memes and themes from the sub- and counter-cultures of previous decades. With the internet speeding up the transfer of information, that cycle is faster than it was in the 80s. But trust me, it still exists.
Relatedly, “nerd” and “geek” were relational terms used to refer to certain corners of the 80s and 90s sub-culture. While the labels may still be used today, they may not resonate with you, Mr. Oswalt, growing up as you did in the heyday of the terms.
Those two points established, allow me to STRONGLY disagree with your thesis of the disappearance of otaku. Quite the contrary, I believe that the expansion of the internet has allowed otaku to grow to ridiculous heights. Do you read webcomics? Do you follow any issue-specific blogs? Have you found a channel on youtube that you like? Perhaps one dedicated to recreating the entire starship Enterprise in Minecraft? Have you MET any WoW players? Do you listen to localized hiphop? Have you tried brewing your own beer? Have you visited Etsy? Regretsy? Do you read cheezburger? Do you have the hipstamatic app on your iPhone? Have you read the Hunger Games Trilogy or any other teen dystopia?
Nerds and geeks may be different than when you were a boy, Mr. Oswalt, but otaku is still around. It’s just passed you by.
Posted 11 January 2011 - 03:59 PM