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The New Nerd: The History and Renaissance of Nerd Culture

So let’s face it, "nerd" culture has become pop culture. Superhero movies are the biggest movies every year, The Big Bang Theory is one of the most popular shows on television right now, and virtually everyone plays some sort of videos games. With that being said I would love to see an article discussing how the stigma of social outcast has, or hasn’t, changed with the popularization of Nerd Culture.

  • Great topic. You could start with Revenge of the Nerds movie that accurately portrayed how nerds ultimately ruled. Certainly true in this day and age where they are the dot.com millionaires, billionaires even trillionaires. Because of them it's cool to be a geek now. Good for them. – Munjeera 5 years ago
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  • I think that this is going to be a great article! – KMetres 5 years ago
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  • Absolutely man! That's an article I'd love to read. It'd be interesting to examine how the high school-esque social pyramid looks like now. If the nerds are no longer at the bottom, who is? – EarlGreyTRex 5 years ago
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  • This would be quite interesting! I think the stigma exists with certain activities; such as reading comic books or playing table top RPG's. To an extent MMO's still have that huge geek stigma. Perhaps its how much time you dedicate to an activity dictates how much stigma you get. ie. how society treats someone who likes watching Marvel movies versus people who cosplay as their favourite character. – AmyChristine 5 years ago
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  • We rely on computers for our own wealth and those that control them have power. The nerd as a negative stereotype is an extension of our frustration with our lack of control. It would be interesting to read about the relationship we have with technology and the social acceptance of the nerd. – Aaron 5 years ago
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  • Munjeera got it: the portal to another reality can be opened by the nerd next to you, so be nice, Mr. Quarterback, no more swirlies. – Tigey 5 years ago
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