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Why Nerdy Girls Make Better Girlfriends
Etymology[ edit ] The first documented appearance of the word nerd is as the name of a creature in Dr. Dick claimed to have coined the "nurd" spelling in , but its first recorded use appeared in a student publication at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute RPI. This belief can be harmful, as it can cause high-school students to "switch off their lights" out of fear of being branded as a nerd,  and cause otherwise appealing people to be nerdy simply for their intellect. It was once thought that intellectuals were nerdy because they were envied. However, Paul Graham stated in his essay, "Why Nerds are Unpopular", that intellect is neutral, meaning that you are neither loved nor despised for it. He also states that it is only the correlation that makes smart teens automatically seem nerdy, and that a nerd is someone that is not socially adept enough. Additionally, he says that the reason why many smart kids are unpopular is that they "don't have time for the activities required for popularity. In the media, many nerds are males, portrayed as being physically unfit, either overweight or skinny due to lack of physical exercise. Portrayal of "nerd girls", in films such as She's Out of Control , Welcome to the Dollhouse and She's All That depicts that smart but nerdy women might suffer later in life if they do not focus on improving their physical attractiveness. Many stereotypically nerdy interests, such as superhero and science fiction works, are now popular culture hits. Stereotypical nerd qualities are evolving, going from awkwardness and social ostracism to an allegedly more widespread acceptance and sometimes even celebration of their differences. I think that the figure of the nerd provides a beautiful template for analyzing the transformation of the disciplinary society into the control society. The nerd, in his cliche form, first stepped out upon the world stage in the mids, when we were beginning to hear the first rumblings of what would become the Cambrian explosion of the information society. The nerd must serve as comic relief for the future-anxieties of Western society. The yearning to be understood, to find opportunities to share experiences, to not be left alone with one's bizarre interest. At the same time one derives an almost perverse pleasure from wallowing in this deficit. Nerds are eager explorers, who enjoy measuring themselves against one another and also compete aggressively. And yet the nerd's existence also comprises an element of the occult, of mystery. The way in which this power is expressed or focused is very important. Many, however, seem to share Radloff's view, as "nerd pride" has become more widespread in the years since. MIT professor Gerald Sussman , for example, seeks to instill pride in nerds: My idea is to present an image to children that it is good to be intellectual, and not to care about the peer pressures to be anti-intellectual. I want every child to turn into a nerd — where that means someone who prefers studying and learning to competing for social dominance, which can unfortunately cause the downward spiral into social rejection. Sykes quote "Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one" has been popularized on the Internet and incorrectly attributed to Bill Gates. Towards the middle of the show, he gave this speech. But, what they lack in physical prowess they make up in brains. Tell me, who writes all the best selling books? Who makes all the top grossing movies? Who designs computer programs so complex that only they can use them? And who is running for high public office? No one but nerds. Without nerds to lead the way, the governments of the world will stumble, they'll be forced to seek guidance from good-looking, but vapid airheads. Australian events such as Oz Comic-Con a large comic book and Cosplay convention, similar to San Diego Comic-Con International and Supernova, are incredibly popular events among the culture of people who identify themselves as nerds. In , Oz Comic-Con in Perth saw almost 20, cos-players and comic book fans meet to celebrate the event, hence being named a "professionally organised Woodstock for geeks".
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