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Good God, if I was so inclined to give backup commentary on this Comics Alliance post on the new "reality" TV show "Fangasm," I wouldn't even know where to begin. Seriously, dude.
As I predicted on this blog several times over, the mainstream "Geek/Nerd Chic" aesthetic is going the way of the dodo. There has been an increasing "death warrant" for such entities over the last year; just another niche that was adopted by the mainstream media, squeezed of every last bit of "value," and dumped on the pavement.
(Read: "Jon Hamm Called Nerd; Nerdism Completely Obliterated")
In fact, it seems as if "Fangasm" has come around at the very tail end of the great Circle Of Life; a Johnny-Come-Geeky, if you will.
This show "Fangasm" is also apparently made by the creators of "Jersey Shore," which is...uh...
Your main "characters" of the mainstream geek/nerd aesthetic are:
1. The hip guy who is supposedly "a nerd."
"Oh look: look at what a NERD I am! OMG."
2. The unwashed Geek masses.
They are trotted out to gawk at their awkwardness. The Elephant Man of the pop-culture world.
3. Hot babes in Cosplay.
4. Stan Lee
Oh, and let's not forget:
And there's the magic formula: a bit of mainstream shorthand to describe something that is not easily describable; to describe stuff that CANNOT be put into a little box; a spectrum of different passions, fandoms, ideas, backgrounds, tastes, and so on that would take several thousand doctoral dissertations to even begin to parse out.
Strangely enough, the winners of the nerd/geek implosion are the original fans themselves, the true True Believers. The true "niche" websites, the indie publishers trying to keep it real, the comic creators who tirelessly visit show after show even though their names are placed like 200 down on the list of guests (somewhere under the guy who played Cha-Ka on "Land Of The Lost").
So I heard that the Next Big Thing might be zombies...is that true?
Is the next big thing zombies?