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Nerds Works Cited

Cover of "Nerds: Who They Are and Why We ...

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For those of you who care about such things… Also, I have a list of other resources I perused if anybody’s interested. 😛

Works Cited

Abele, Elsa, and Denise Grenier. “The Language of Social Communication: Running Pragmatics Groups in Schools and Clincial Settings.” Asperger’s Syndrome: Intervening in Schools, Clinics, and Communities. Print.

Anderegg, David. Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2007. Print.

Green, John. “Quotes.” Good Reads. 2011. Web. 10 May 2011. <http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1406384.John_Green?format=html&gt;.

Harper, Douglas. “Nerd.” Online Etymology Dictionary. 2001-2010. Web. 08 May 2011. <http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=nerd&gt;.

Hunter, Allison. “High-tech Rascality: Asperger’s Syndrome, Hackers, Geeks and Personality Types in the ICT Industry.” New Zealand Sociology 24.2 (2009): 39-56. Http://saanz.rsnz.org/journal/index1.html. 2009. Web. 22 Apr. 2011.

Klawe, M. “Refreshing the Nerds.” Communications of the ACM, 44.7 (2001): 67-68. Print.

Nugent, Benjamin. American Nerd: the Story of My People. New York: Scribner, 2008. Print.

Nerds are Cool Conclusion


A gratuitous pic of the most awesome thing I've ever seen

Breaking it all down, we find ourselves with an interesting shift in paradigm. According to what we have discovered,

“Saying ‘I notice you’re a nerd’ is like saying, ‘Hey, I notice that you’d rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you’d rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?'” (Green)

Being a nerd isn’t about computers, glasses, or video games. It’s about being a person who loves something, and who doesn’t really need others to succeed. Nerds are driven individuals whose only downfall is the fact that they are stuck inside their own world and so, find themselves unable to understand people outside of their “world”.  The reason people do not like nerds is, in the words of Neal Stephenson,  “One of the most frightening things about your true nerd, for may people, is not that he’s socially inept – because everybody’s been there – but rather his complete lack of embarrassment about it.”

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