My inbox is filling up with people e-mailing me about Nick Mamatas’ broadside against Geek Pride, in which he says, among other things:
A subculture is not a counterculture. A consumer culture is not a subculture. We are not all in this together. Your social Laws (Godwin’s, etc.) are as insipid as any aphorism your grandmother might have cross-stitched and put on display two generations ago. What you think is cool is not cool. What you decide is uncool is also uncool. Your counter-snobbery is snobbery. Your snobbery is snobbery. You do not rule the world. Obama flashing a Vulcan salute does not mean that you rule the world.
I’m pretty sure people are e-mailing me about this so I’ll have a big online nerd fight with Nick, which is guaranteed to be entertaining because both Nick and I can be delightfully obnoxious when we want to be, and we’re pretty evenly matched when it comes to entertainingly snarking while simultaneously making reasonably cogent points. Basically people want to get out their popcorn and munch along while we go at it.
Sorry, no. I have a somewhat different take on the geek pride thing than Nick does, and at some point in the near future I’ll post about it. But as regards Nick’s screed here, he’s making some totally fair points, some of which I agree with. So rather than fight him on it in public for the amusement of all, I’ll just tell you to go over there and see what he has to say.
I know, I’ve disappointed some of you. It will happen. You can still eat your popcorn, if you want. I hear X-Men 2 is on HBO this month.