Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Questioning the Nerd Prom

Last weekend, Washington witnessed the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner, or, as it's come to be called, the "Nerd Prom".  I object to this name, because I don't think that any of the people involved are actually nerds.  They may not be football players, but successful journalists need un-nerdish traits like charisma, well-developed inter-personal skills, and some measure of physical attractiveness.  At the same time, they don't need knowledge in any sort of technical or abstract field. (I imagine that if the average White House correspondent doesn't hit a key on his computer for fifteen minutes and the screen saver comes on, he immediately panics and calls in the tech support person.)  

Or, to look at it another way, have any of those people ever even played Dungeons & Dragons?

Someone should walk around the room with a camera and ask the assembled personages their opinion on the following controversial topic: "Should elven fighter/magic-users be allowed to wear metal armor while casting spells?"

And we could see who is capable of formulating a response.