For a while now I've noticed a lot of people have been using the label of "nerd" in a casual or joking manner. The pop-culture shift these days has kind of de-fanged the term from what it was back in the day and everyone seems to be onbaord with it becoming an endearing phrase. The success of Marvel movies and resurgence of Star Wars has helped introduce what would normally be considered "nerdy" hobbies to the mass market. While this is not something I'm losing a ton of sleep over, I somehow am having a hard time making the switch. When I was a kid, middle school or primary school depending on whatever region of the world you're from, liking sci-fi stuff or videogames kind of put a label on you and it wasn't a good one. Being called a nerd back then could be a life ruining experience (in the scope of your life as a child of course) and it could lead to getting seriously ostracized from your peers as the nerdy dork that likes spaceships - as we all know kids can be quite ruthless. Thankfully this never happened to me personally but I had friends that would get shunned and mocked for wearing Star Wars shirts, and I'm a little ashamed to admit that I would start to keep those friends at arms length in fear of becoming similarly bullied. This also meant that I had to hold a lot of my hobbies close to the chest, and could only really discuss the stuff with very close friends. Lord forbid you would ever admit to anyone in High School that you liked anime, as that would be equal with accepting a life of solitude until you hit college unless you hung out with the other 3 kids that admitted to this perversion. Simply put being a nerd wasn't a fun thing.
I guess I'm just curious how many people even care anymore? I'm sure most don't or are too young to have any real connection to the word apart from "ancient" movies of kids getting wedgies in the hallways. Personally I'm having a hard time shaking the past, and whenever I do hear someone label someone a nerd it feels awkward. While I do really enjoy Abby on the BestCoast, the way she says "fucking nerds" seems harsh and makes me kind of twitch each and every time. Does anyone care? Is this an old man shaking a fist at nerd clouds thing?