According to an online dictionary the definitions of the word "Nerd" are the following:
1. A foolish, inept, or unattractive person.
2. A person who is single-minded or accomplished in scientific or technical pursuits but is felt to be socially inept.
Many of us are familiar with those definitions and society on the whole agrees with it. However, in The Social Network Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin, two students who were considered nerds and had no social life or friends, eventually gained popularity, money, and women because of their success with Facebook. Also fellow Silicon Valley nerd Sean Parker is portrayed as a womanizer, this after his rise to popularity due to Napster.
So does the movie make nerds seem more appealing or is it that when a person no matter who he is gains money and success, popularity and women automatically follow? While money can change people's perception of you, the increased presence of technology in our lives might be changing our views on nerds. Technology has become so predominant in our day to day lives that we can't ignore those who invented or created these technologies that we are using.
If Facebook had not become a success or as popular as it is now, we wouldn't care about who Mark Zuckerberg is and a movie about him and his company would not have been made. Silicon Valley has become such a driving force socially and financially that we can't ignore it, companies like Facebook, Google, Apple, and many others are everywhere and involved in our lives everyday.
If you look at the creators and inventors behind the popular products and technologies that we use, they can be considered as nerds, but they are what I like to think as Nerds 2.0, not the Bill Gates type but more cool and casual but yet still very smart and focused. If you put Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg side by side you see a big difference, but yet mentally they are at an equal level. Even Steve Jobs has a cool appeal although being a nerd, while he is from the same generation as Bill Gates, he has adapted to today's culture and it reflects in the way his company looks, feels, and does business.
So The Social Network only portrayed something that is already happening in the real world, that Nerds are becoming more cool and socially acceptable. It seems the saying "Nerds will rule the world!!" has some truth to it..