Intriguing artilce by Chrsitopher Borelli in today’s Chicago Tribune: “Nerd World”…
“…What makes a nerd most is tougher to define than it used to be. It’s also an especially relevant question this week: C2E2 — a.k.a., the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, the best of the Midwest’s annual comic book conventions — runs Friday through Sunday at McCormick Place. On cue, expect snickering local TV newscasters to run video of adults in Batman costumes. In fact, if you’re not the comic book convention-going type, you are absolved in advance, forgiven for picturing the socially awkward talking about “Star Trek,” aisles of ancient comic books lovingly suspended in dust-free plastic bags, bemused comic book artists and B-list celebrities struggling to answer sweaty, esoteric inquiries from the obsessed. Those stereotypes are not without merit: a quick glance at the many events scheduled for C2E2 turns up nerd-trivia contests, nerd-fitness classes and tutorials on how to talk like a pirate, throw around a big sword or be a knight.
But then, Sunday, there’s this: a panel titled “Exorcising the Spectre of the Fake Geek Girl.”
If you’re a nerd, it promises to cut to the core of the most heated subject in geekdom:
Identity — in particular, who is and isn’t a nerd now?…”
Check it out at chicagotribune.com.