I’m Not Pointing Any Fingers, But…

…if the shoe fits, I suppose. You are, afterall, reading a blog post on a website dedicated to writing and talking about Massively Multiplayer Online Video Games, so I can’t imagine this is the first time someone has called you a nerd. Anyway, I listened to the Public Radio syndicated show, The Sound of Young America, today and heard an interview with Benjamin Nugent, who has just written a book entitled, “American Nerd, The Story of My People.” The book is part historical, from the coining of the word nerd by Dr. Seuss, to the rise of the nerd image from Saturday Night Live skits, to the impact the Internet and arenas like Comic-Con have had; and part memoir, where he speaks of his own memories of playing D&D with his nerd friends and later tries to distance himself from them in an attempt to change his image from a nerd. Anywho, it’s an interesting listen and probably an interesting book. The podcast is below.

9 Comments to I’m Not Pointing Any Fingers, But…

  1. June 26, 2008 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    The problem is nerds and their hobbies are too mainstream these days for that label to really have any negative meaning now.

    It’s actually cool to be a nerd. And that just pisses me off.

    I no longer want to be a part of a social group that too popular. I guess I’ll need to need to come up with something else to do if I want to be considered a socially awkward outcast again.

    I’m thinking fork bending or air sickness bag collecting.

  2. nerrollus's Gravatar nerrollus
    June 27, 2008 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    Dweeb, Spazz, Dork, Geek … Take your pick.

    Or you could coin your own name like you did with menasis.

  3. The Nameless One's Gravatar The Nameless One
    June 27, 2008 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    I like geek.

    has a tech-ish ring to it.

  4. Onigato's Gravatar Onigato
    June 27, 2008 at 5:24 pm | Permalink


    I am… A Geek.

    61% Geek, 43% Dork, 30 % Nerd.

    For The Record:

    A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
    A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
    A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
    You scored better than half in Geek, earning you the title of: Pure Geek.

    It’s not that you’re a school junkie, like the nerd, and you don’t really stand out in a crowd, like the dork, you just have some interests that aren’t quite mainstream. Perhaps it’s anime, perhaps it’s computers, perhaps it’s bottlecaps, perhaps it’s all of those and more. Your interests take you to events and gatherings that are filled with people you find unusual and beyond-the-pale, but you don’t quite consider yourself “of that crowd.” Instead, you consider yourself to be fairly normal.

    Which, I am.

  5. Onigato's Gravatar Onigato
    June 27, 2008 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    I try not to stray too far away from ( my mind ). Otherwise… I’d be lost very easily ^_^

    Although people say that for the mere fact, I like Anime, I’m not normal. *snicker*

    For the record, I was cut/pasting the results of that quiz. It ended with “Which, you are” so I edited it to say “Which, I am.”

  6. Dihard's Gravatar Dihard
    June 30, 2008 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    I took the test and I’m “Joe Normal” 30% Nerd…22%Geek…30% Dork.

    To quote one of Deniro’s movie lines,

    “I’m NOT and animal ! … I’m NOT an animal!!… >Tears choked back

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