Von Stefan Sasse
Ich habe in der letzten Zeit immer häufiger das Bedürfnis, zu den qualitativ immer hochwertigeren Produkten der Popkultur zu schreiben, aber nicht das Gefühl, als sie dies der richtige Platz dafür. Da die communities oftmals englischsprachig sind, macht es auch nur eingeschränkt Sinn, auf Deutsch zu schreiben, was dieses Blog als Ort noch ungeeigneter erscheinen lässt. Ich habe daher ein neues Blog eröffnet, "The Nerdstream Era". Auf diesem werden sich solche Beiträge in Zukunft finden. Crossposts auf dem Oeffinger Freidenker wird es zwar auch weiterhin geben, wenn das Thema politisch relevant zu sein scheint, aber ansonsten auf den Nerdstream beschränkt bleiben. Und wer sich jetzt noch fragt, was zur Hölle eigentlich ein Nerdstream sein soll, liest den Crosspost aus dem ersten Post bei Nerdstream nach dem Sprung:
So, what's the Nerdstream?
|Serious and silly can be told apart by breasts per minute, surely?|
But what exactly am I getting at here? How can something be nerdy and mainstream-y at the same time? Yeah, well, that's just it - it really can't. Look at one example we will certainly stumble over many more times as this blog progresses, George R. R. Martin's famous Fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire". When the thing started, it was part of a rather obscure genre that consisted mostly of Swords&Sorcery stuff for exactly the target audience I described above. But since 1996, when "A Game of Thrones" hit the shelves, a dramatical shift has taken place. The HBO series, starting in 2011, is one of the most succesful series' ever and acclaimed by critics. People who never had anything to do with Fantasy before got into it, totally hooked up.
|Let's not lose our heads over my definitions, however.|
Well, it isn't anymore. Since the millenium, nerdy topics have conquered more and more of the "serious" spaces of society, blurring the lines between the supposedly "silly" Fantasy or Sci-Fi and the "normal" stuff. After "The Lord of the Rings" hit the cinemas, nothing was as it was before, and "Game of Thrones" did something similar to the TV stage - building on the foundations tha formats such as the re-imagined "Battlestar Galactica" had laid out.
So now, we're living in the era of Nerdstream. You cannot differentiate the "serious" entertaintment from the "silly" stuff by topic anymore. All that sets things apart is quality. Don't get me wrong, Nerdstream hasn't led to an increase of high-quality Fantasy and Sci-Fi stuff all over the board, much as we would like it. Most of it is still rubbish, but that's true for crime series like CSI or 24 as well. What's important is that one doesn't need to be ashamed to talk about his hobby anymore at the workplace or at a family dinner. That's the Nerdstream era, and it has only begun.