[Mark Millar’s] Wanted articulated a new myth for the hordes of suddenly cool under-achievers who’d been lionized by the rise of “nerd culture.” Big business, media and fashion were, it seemed, so starved of inspiration, they’d reached down to the very bottom of the social barrel in an attempt to commodify even the most stubborn nonparticipants, the suicide Goths and fiercely antiestablishment nerds. The geeks were in the spotlight now, proudly accepting a derogatory label that directly compared them to degraded freak-show acts. Bullied young men with asthma and shy, bitter virgins with adult-onset diabetes could now gang up like the playground toughs they secretly wanted to be and anonymously abuse and threaten professional writers and actors with family commitments and bills to pay.

Soon film studios were afraid to move without the approval of the raging Internet masses. They represented only the most miniscule fraction of a percentage of the popular audience that gave a shit, but they were very remarkably, superhumanly angry, like the great head of Oz, and so very persistent that they could easily appear in the imagination as an all-conquering army of mean-spirited, judgmental fogies.

In the shadow of The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell’s immensely influential book on social networks and marketing, nobody wanted to risk bad word of mouth, little realizing that they were reacting, in many cases, to the opinions of a few troublemakers who knew nothing but contempt for the universe and all its contents and could hardly be relied upon to put a positive spin on anything that wasn’t the misery and misfortune of others. Too many businesspeople who should have known better began to take seriously the ravings of misinformed, often barely literate malcontents who took revenge on the cruel world by dismissing everything that came their way with the same jaded, geriatric “Meh.”

Grant Morrison on the dark side of “geek culture” in his new book Supergods. In another section of the book, he explains that he and Frank Quitely deliberately depicted the nerdy antagonists of their “Riot at Xavier’s” storyline in New X-Men – probably my single favorite X-Men story – as fascist thugs.
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  5. tessastrain said: And here I thought I couldn’t love Grant Morrison more.
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  7. t33j said: What Tom said. Diabetes???
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    Someday I’m going to write my own polemic against the glorification of nerds and make everyone really mad! (But not now...
  10. tomewing said: This is weak stuff TBH - fat jokes, virgin jokes, comes over as bitter. There’s a great analysis of ‘geek culture’ to be made but I’m surprised how disappointing this is.
  11. huffandstuff said: Grant Morrison’s entire run on X-Men was the best in my opinion. I particularly liked the “Murder at the Mansion” mini-arc and “Planet X.”
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