I've had a few conversations related to this topic recently. For those of you who haven't noticed, every teen and 20-something in the whole world these days seems to claim that they are a "geek" or a "nerd". This has lead to some social backlash.
Well, a friend just posted a link to this article attacking/spoofing people who have issues with those who self-apply those terms.
Since it's a topic I've been thinking about recently anyway, I posted what I believe to be a relatively thoughtful response to the topic, which I've decided to go ahead and share on here as well.
Here it is:
don't think it's about judging others for not being geeky enough. I
think it's more about the defensiveness surrounding a label that arises
when one suffers for belonging to a group.
it or not, being "nerdy" is in right now, and when something gets
popular it's a simple fact that people will jump on the bandwagon for
attention. That's not an attack on "fake geek girls" or anything, it's
just a statement of truth. Well that's all fine, but kids who grew up in
social isolation, bullied on the playground and beaten up by classmates
for being "nerds" or "geeks" are understandably going to have some
issues with the popular cheerleaders from school sitting down to play
Minecraft with their friends and then self-applying those same labels.
article/video paints it as a "this is our club, you can't join" thing,
but I don't think that's accurate. I think it's more of a "don't
patronize me by pretending you know what it feels like" thing.
hesitate to put the terms "geek" and "nerd" in the same category as
racial or homophobic slurs, but in many respects they are lesser
manifestations of the same ideas. Like with those other terms, seeing
somebody from outside the group use them without the context of knowing
the pain they once caused can be grating. It can lead to the feeling
that "you haven't earned the right to use that word," and that, I
believe, is at the root of the recent outrage over many of the people
who self-apply those terms.