In a recent interview with the Kansas City News, our fave Park Slope expert on all things everwhere, John Hodgman, explains that though we all used to all embrace the "Jock model" of competition and strength, the future is gonna be all about idolizing and embracing the geeks and the nerds:
"Jockdom is very noble. It’s not deliberative. It’s certainly the best way to win wars. It’s the best way to motivate teams of people to fulfill a goal — not just war, but getting things done. The most important way to motivate a factory floor. But as you know, we’re not as much of a manufacturing society as we were before. China and other big industrial nations are rewarding their nerds and technicians rather than creating a culture that makes fun of them — it would be wise for us to embrace the book-smart as much as our culture has traditionally embraced the street-smart, the jock-smart. I’m not saying nerds must have their revenge; I’m just saying the time for wedgies is at an end."
I don't know about you, but its pretty obvs that this is *already* happening.
I mean, on Glee the cheerleaders have joined up with the Glee club and the former nerds are now becoming cool. The "slushie in the face" attacks have already been greatly reduced. So yeah...we think Hodgman is right on the money.