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Old 04-03-2012, 01:40 PM   #1
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What happened to "nerds"?

When I was coming along, society was cruel (it still is), and pretty much anyone who has a passion for anything deemed "not in" was labeleld a "nerd" and outcast into the badlands with the other nerds. Gamers were almost always considered nerds. I was the subject of many bullies and what-have-you through school, but it made me a better person and I have come to wear the label of "nerd" like a badge of honor.

Now, here's why I made this thread...I hate what modern society is doing to the label. all of a sudden being a nerd is cute, and geek chic is all the rage. On the bright side, it is much easier to find the clothes and accessories I wear, but that's just the point! Why is nerd all of a sudden a new fashion statement? I see people occasionally wearing shirts that directly reference video games, but when you compliment them on it or try to talk to them about said reference they actually have no clue on God's green Earth what you're talking about.

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Old 04-03-2012, 02:06 PM   #2
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A label is what you make it. The media and pop culture just greatly influences how the labels are viewed. That, and society is much more accepting compared to like 5+ years ago.
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:59 PM   #3
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:00 PM   #4
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According to a legit site which I forgot about, a nerd is someone who has a profession they are 'obsessed' with. That'd make pretty much everyone a nerd.
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According to a legit site which I forgot about, a nerd is someone who has a profession they are 'obsessed' with. That'd make pretty much everyone a nerd.
Are you serious? Woah. I guess people just need to differentiate between 'nerds' and 'geeks' :3
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:46 PM   #7
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Are you serious? Woah. I guess people just need to differentiate between 'nerds' and 'geeks' :3
I just found the quote on google;
Nerd: An intelligent, single-minded expert in a particular technical discipline or profession.
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It used to be that anyone who went on computers, and anyone who cared about technology was a nerd, or geek, or whatever. Now, the whole western world owns computers, and cares about having the latest iPhone or whatever. Society has blended together. Sure, preconceptions like "glasses = nerd" could still exist, but overall, I think society has grown past those labelled "cliques."
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