you make an extremely fair point sir! how dare people get involved right now, only because it looks cool from the outside in. i was bullied through grammar school and high school for playing card games like magic the gathering or computer games like command and conquer. next thing you know, the "popular kids" want in, and as soon as they are in, your dumped again and they are all high and mighty saying that this stuff is cool and we need to go find another social structure. this shit needs to have a restart button pressed. (reason why is the former "nerd" group is now being mixed with the "pot heads", "drugee's", and "no Lifers", and its not right.)
If a person is seriously getting into something then they are on their way to becoming nerd but I know people that do things because their friends did it and in reality didn't like what they were doing.
The word nerd itself seems to have such an open meaning now, but I think it can apply to anything in reality. You could be considered a nerd about computing since you may know a lot about it or be a history nerd or hell even a football nerd. The word itself seems to apply to someone who is dedicated to something.
I think it's awesome and funny at the same time. I remember when being a nerd was something you shamefully hid away from others. When I was a teenager and someone asked me if I played Dungeons and Dragons; With the following words..."Whoever plays them..I think it's the dumbest thing ever!." I would of course flat out deny I had any part of it. The truth was I had played it for at lest two years.
And now they want to be us? This is the sweetest thing ever. I have every reason to thank Harry Potter for making fantasy mainstream. If this wasn't the case, it would still be "D & D is the work of the devil" and "Fantasy is uncool". Which in my humble opinion is called "crap." Did people want to be geeks ten/ twenty years? Heck no. It makes as much sense as grunge era clothes finding themselves on the cover of Vogue. Somewhere somebody is having a laugh.
I do have a problem with people who think women can't be nerds or even pretty women to be nerds. Everybody has a right to be somewhat nerdy. I think the bar for being a geek or nerd should be low. Nobody starts off like a super ultra nerd at first. You have to give people time to grow into their nerdest. The more nerds mean more poeple will get my obscure references to Marvel Comics. I am more happy to bring more people into the fold. More people to nerd out with. This is a great time to be a geek or a nerd.