Movie Nerdery: You Desire It, So Here is Some Information You Can Eat Up
Nerds rule the world. This is something that seems to be a common refrain lately and perhaps, if nothing else, has some significant merit to coming to fruition. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were no doubt nerds. As such, the world demands more nerdery with regards to the coverage of things that they are interested in. Whether it is sports (Bill Simmons’ NBA nerdery), politics (I don’t know, Rachel Maddow maybe?) or movies (countless), readers want those that are at a minimum significantly invested in the topics they discuss and at an extreme, nerded out beyond belief on the topics. This is a conundrum for me. (Ed. Note: The pic of Michael Cera could not be more apropos..he is a quintessential nerd actor, yet still largely embraced and even I am coming around on him.)
I am against the term, I grew up mocking “nerds” and still lean that way, consider myself pretty far away from what I deem a nerd and have never found the idea particularly appealing. Nerd to me growing up, meant :weakling and bookworm,” today it means “smart.” Perhaps doing away with the term itself would help me overcome my aversion to the idea. That being said, I suppose the ideology behind being a nerd on a global scale no longer has a negative connotation to it and in fact, is largely embraced. So, when it comes to movies and this site, I figured I should pass on some information pertaining to the idea. In this case, I read a piece that talks about Predicting the Oscars through data (a somewhat nerdy thing to do) and the challenges surrounding doing so on a site developed by statistician (read: nerd) du jour Nate Silver. I like numbers and while there use in the article is more of an abstract thought I figured I would pass it along to our readers. Nerd out on them as you please.