“Lie to Me”, “Eleventh Hour”, “Fringe” as well as many other TV shows seem to perpetuate the new myth of the super nerd. The hero we seem to want today is educated and intellectual. Look at who is our current president, after all.
On “Lie to Me” the lead character Dr. Cal Lightman is geeky-brilliant in his ability to read the expressions and body language of people and is adamantly infallible. On “Eleventh Hour” Dr. Jacob Hood who is an FBI consultant-scientist quotes off data like the HAL 9200 computer. On “Numb3rs”, the young gifted professor Charles Eppes uses math to solve crime with his brother the FBI agent.
All of these shows celebrate the super nerd. Never before could you be a rockstar for simply being amazing at math! Our culture today worships the “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” investigator Gill Grissom who not only has limited social skills but who’s charm comes from the fact that he is always one step ahead.
Those of us who aspire for rockstar-like fame now may decide to shun guitars and torn jeans for the prowess of coding C++ and expertise in playing World of Warcraft. Its wrong, but it is what it is. So, do you give up your guitar for a new motherboard, or what?