It is cool to be weird. Long live the weird!
Normally I would cheer after decades toiling away silently in the brainy subculture that is the weird. Your term is more than likely the all to common, nerd. I should be happy or so you would think. I for one have noticed that the wave of enthusiasm is getting dangerously close to the shore. This bad boy is soon going to break and roll back into the obscurity of the sea whence it came.
The Big Bang Theory ,for reasons only the collective conscious knows, is a hit and fired the first shot in that revolution. Through some strange twist of fate the shows mix of science, pop-culture and nerd-culture slapped together with some funny started this ball rolling. Keep in mind at the time Disney and Marvel comics the two stalwarts of any childhood were firing up their monolithic movie machine that would devour all competition at the box office.
Like some tsunami all things nerd have become the darling of pop-culture media in every form. Whether it is the newest box office breaking superhero movie, computer systems and programming, space exploration, or video games they are ever present over the last couple of years. Eight TV shows appeared on 5 major networks with superhero themes this season based on this wall of nerd. As we saw with zombies the shelf life is over when authors are rewriting classic literature set during the zombie apocalypse.
I came to the full realization of level of saturation we are talking here when I saw a very attractive heavily tattooed woman in a retail store wearing a t-shirt with a d20 emblazon on it. 20 prominently displayed on the mock die. I smiled at the sight and complimented her t-shirt. Her response was "Oh yeah! You ever watch the Big Bang? Sheldon wears one." I agreed and laughed and commented how you don't see very many people walking around with a d20 on their shirt in which she told me in a whispered confidence. . ."Oh I have no idea what it is. I thought it was a science thing."
So please prepare yourselves my brethren. Over the last 20 years or so the trends have been the inky blackness that is Goth, a side trip into the late night activities of hypersexual vampires and the last phase. . the dystpoian wasteland of horror that is the zombie apocalypse. Soon this will all go back to the way it was. The newest fad will arise. . .soon.