Joss Whedon is Lord of the Nerdiverse
I just discovered one of the fundamental laws of the universe, and I must share it with you. No, this has nothing to do with the evidence that neutrinos exceed the light-speed barrier. That’s cool and all, but this is much more important. I have discovered the one trait that defines a nerd as a nerd.
For years this question has stumped me. Every time I thought I was approaching an answer some new piece of evidence would confound my study. Because nerdliness is not a trait that (until now) could be measured directly, I have had to rely on my keen intuition to identify nerds. Unfortunately this method produces a great deal of errors that have greatly hindered my study. That one guy, he was a skater-kid; I didn’t think there was any way he could be a nerd. Turns out he larps. And I’m not talking about the noise Tiffany makes when she chokes. (Internet Cupcake of Bliss to anybody not named Tim who gets the reference.)
I finally pieced it together, though; I finally figured it out. Half of the nerds interviewed talked about some guy named Joss Whedon, and half of them talked about some TV show called Firefly. It wasn’t until I was told that Joss Whedon directed this show called Firefly that I got it. All nerds love Joss Whedon, or they at least love his work. This is the only true nerd litmus test. My findings are presented in a Venn Diagram off to the side.
One interesting finding of this study is that I am technically not considered a nerd. Inasmuch as “being cool” is just the lack of nerdliness, I am actually now considered “cool.” This introduces a unique challenge: almost all of my friends who enjoy Joss Whedon’s work have fairly good taste as far as culture is concerned, but now that I have it, I kinda want to keep my non-nerd status intact. To nerd or not to nerd; that is the question.