Yet another breathless newspaper report which reveals that people who are smarter than you have been doing a lot of stuff behind the scenes all along.
Trendspotters are recognizing a type of nouveau nerd: They are proud of their intellectual prowess, and popular culture is beginning to appreciate the brains-and-sensitivity power combination. Call it the revenge of nerds … cool nerds.
“The geeks are having their moment in the sun with technology being the name of the game in our society,” said David Morrison, with Twentysomething Inc., a Pennsylvania-based young-adult research firm. “Geekhood is going to be cool for a long time to come.”
Historically, geeks have been portrayed as social pariahs who just didn’t fit in, Morrison said. But Microsoft chairman — and billionaire — Bill Gates has made nerdiness cool for today’s young adults. And nerd status gained momentum with the pop-culture craze that surrounded socially awkward Napoleon Dynamite.
“Geekhood is now a gateway to immense wealth, power and fame that’s beyond our wildest imagination,” Morrison said.