Daily Archives: July 9, 2011

Nerds are Cool: A Different Look at a Familiar Stereotype Part 1

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 In the words of young adult writer John Green, “…on some fundamental level we find it difficult to understand that other people are human beings in the same way that we are…We idealize them as gods or dismiss them as animals.”  A key part of this misunderstanding is the use of stereotypes. Stereotypes are a large part of our perceptions of others. We look at their hair, face, and clothing, and then slip them into a predetermined category. It is mankind’s way of dealing with the unknown. One of the main stereotypes in today’s society is “nerd”.  But when you break this stereotype down, it becomes apparent that this label is simply a way of explaining those that we cannot understand. A nerd is simply someone who views the world through wonder-filled eyes.

As a self -proclaimed nerd, I found this idea of stereotypes fascinating. I wrote an entire paper on the topic, in fact.  It’s quote-laden, of course. So I decided to share that paper with you piece by piece this week. It’s fairly short, and I’d like input. How do you view nerds?

Oh! And I’ll do a separate “Works Cited” post at the end for those of you who want to know my sources.