I have done a fairly consistent job of throwing up an article here on NerdMerge at least once a week for the past multiple weeks. Honestly, I can’t remember a week that I missed my obligation to do so.
I have many opinions on a variety of topics, and these opinions are not exclusive to nerd culture. There are a whole lot of things going on in the world and I’m engaged in so many different activities and have so many obligations that it is sometimes hard to sit down and write an article on a relatively meaningless bit of nerd culture. I mean, think about it. Do the topics discussed here on NerdMerge really matter, at the end of the day? Does it matter if Han or Greedo shot first? Does it matter how the economy of Middle Earth would be affected by Smaug’s gold? Do any of these things actually matter?
Well, the answer to that question is rather multi-faceted. Honestly, they don’t matter when compared to the actual issues facing the country and the planet. I defy anyone to disagree with me on that. But, these topics do matter for one very important reason: they are distracting.
Placing some of our thought and energy on these relatively trivial aspects of nerd culture gives us something else to think about, if only for the briefest moment. Yes, the world might be a terrible place, but we use nerd culture to distract ourselves from it. I think very few of us are so thoroughly immersed in nerdery that we forget our obligations. Some of us might be, but definitely not the majority of us.
All of this leads me to the whole purpose of today’s column or blog or whatever you want to call it. I intended to write a short couple of sentences begging the forgiveness of our readers for not getting some content out to you this week. Instead, I started this whole rant. So, I may as well follow it through to the end, huh?
No, our insights and our coverage do not matter in any real world-changing sense. They’re important, though, because of their distracting nature. However, sometimes it is possible to simply suffer a feeling of apathy towards nerd culture. That’s the way that I feel this week. I don’t really want to think deeply about any one movie or comic or anything. I just want to enjoy those things without having to discuss them for the rest of the world to read or view. NerdMerge can keep one busy if one allows it to, but we mustn’t forget the original purpose of nerdery in the first place. Nerd culture is for us. It is meant to be enjoyed, not to be picked apart and dissected.
That, at least, is how I feel this week. I have been working on a new idea for NerdMerge, a little image-per-week deal called “Did You Know?”. I will be presenting some nerd-related fact once per week alongside whatever content I deliver in the form of an article or editorial. Next week I’ll probably be ready to tear into The Shadow: Year One and review it, then to take a look at a couple of other movies and some more things. Until then, I hope you forgive me for giving a bit of insight into my thoughts on nerd culture rather than focusing on a specific aspect of it. I’ll be back on top of things soon, I promise.