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I’m musing on how much Nerdfighteria’s grown since 2007. I think I’ve got a handle on it, then SNL parodies The Fault In Our Stars with Sarah Silverman. Woah.

Despite it’s status as a bestselling novel and a freaking movie, I don’t think my brain had registered how big a deal TFIOS was. I consider TFIOS part of Nerdfighteria, so to see it parodied on SNL is, to me, like seeing Nerdfighteria parodied on SNL. Cultural awareness of aspects of our community outside of our community on a big level.

In 2007, getting featured on the front page of YouTube was a big freaking deal. A few thousand views was a big deal.

In 2007, John was a published, respected author, but his following was relatively smallish, and his name was unknown outside of very specific circles.

In 2007, Hank was not notable enough to warrant a Wikipedia page. Attempts to make one were immediately removed.

In 2007, it was two brothers talking to each other, making their videos entirely on their own. A community built up around them.

In 2014, the Vlogbrothers are at the center of a modest media empire. Merchandise, music, multiple YouTube channels, employees, partnerships with PBS, advertisements on bus stops, and so much more.

In 2014, John Green is a celebrity. People who’ve never even read his books or watched his videos know his name and who he is. He’s appeared on the Colbert Report. His books are bestsellers. His latest book has been adapted into a major motion picture, and another is following suit. SNL has parodied his story. Celebrities tweet that they’re reading his book.

In 2014, Hank Green has his Wikipedia profile. Every idea he puts out into the world goes off like gangbusters. He’s started a convention/conference which has grown at mind-boggling speed. He’s responsible for most of that ever-expanding media empire mentioned above. Even strange ideas like 2D glasses flourish. Beloved celebrities watch his videos about Hong Kong, and join the ranks of Nerdfighteria.

The central faces of our little community are a far cry from where they were in 2007. So, too, are the rest of us. Nerdfighteria has grown from a small little subculture you could really only find online to something you could happen across simply by chucking a rock in any direction (or, as the case may be, wearing a Pizza John shirt as a Batsignal). We, as individuals, have grown and changed with it. Neither I nor any of my Nerdfighter friends are remotely the same people as when we joined Nerdfighteria. We are the products of who those people were, but we are not those people anymore.

Some people look back at the early years, and they miss it. They complain about the golden days that we’ll never have again. And I confess, a part of me misses those more intimate, supposedly simpler days.

But nostalgia makes everything seem better. The truth, as always, is more complicated. And that which doesn’t change eventually stagnates. It rots. It dies a slow, unpleasant death, feeling bitter about it the whole time.

Given that, I’m happy Nerdfighteria has grown, and changed. It’s alive, like any of us, and so it will never be what it was. What it was then was something unique and special. So, too, is what it has become. Each moment in time, each new thing Nerdfighteria has become, will never be repeated. And that’s an amazing thing to behold.

We’ll never be what we were. In a year, we won’t be what we are now.

But I love what we are as much as what we were, and I cannot wait to see what we become.

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image confuse-a-cat-ltd answered your post:

You mean 70’s?

You Can Call Me Al came out in 1986, so no, I meant 80’s. Unless I’ve misunderstood your question.

Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al (by PaulSimonVEVO)

It occurs to me that this music video is, in a way, a predecessor to the Lonely Island SNL digital shorts we’re accustomed to today.

Here you have Paul Simon, who has a long history of popping up on SNL, and Chevy Chase, an original member of the SNL cast. Not only that, the idea for this video was apparently conceived by SNL creator Lorne Michaels and directed by frequent SNL segment director Gary Weis.

None of this meant anything to me as a kid. When this song came out, I was not yet two years old. So grew up with this song - and its video - being part of my cultural life, many years before I would ever know anything about SNL, Chevy Chase, or even Paul simon. As a kid, I just thought this was a two-man band of some sort, and that Chevy was the lead singer. I also had no idea that the other guy in the video (in my head, they were “the singer” and “the other guy”) had been the Simon in Simon and Garfunkel.

Having recently rediscovered the video, however, I’m forced to look at it through a new cultural lens and realize how very much it feels like an SNL skit. From Chevy Chase’s self-important character pulling focus away from the the guy who’s supposed to be the star of the video to Paul Simon’s surprisingly impressive acting (note his facial expressions, body language, and the insecure fidgeting of the shy, trodden-upon character he portrays in this video), this video is incredibly funny, albeit in a more subtle way than many current SNL fans are used to.

Subtle though the humor may be - much of it relying on or accentuated by the height difference between Chase and Simon (Paul looks like a kid next to Chevy, doesn’t he?) - it still feels like it would fit beautifully in an SNL episode of any era, past or present.

So I’m addicted to this video, now. I loved it as a kid for reasons I cannot explain. Something about the song and the visuals alike just spoke to me. But now I have new reasons to appreciate it, and it’s not just that I dig that 80’s T-shirt and blazer look (though I do, and I envy an age when people could get away with that kind of untamed hair that Chevy’s sporting).

If you saw this for the first time in an episode of SNL, would you think it was out of place? Does it depend on the era? Or is it, for you, just another 80’s music video?

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Chevy Chase, Dan Akroyd, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Paul Simon, Tom Hanks, Lorne Michaels

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avengers skit on Saturday Night Live starring Jeremy Renner

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