"Because I'm a Nerd"
by, 4th April 2013 at 12:38 PM (197 Views)
Hello everyone. I'm posting to Mijzelffan's blog because I just posted to mine and also because I can.
Today I want to talk to you about something that I've been noticing a lot. I'm not necessarily saying it's a bad thing, but I do think it's worth noting.
Lately I have been noticing a lot of people qualifying statements with "because I'm a nerd." I've heard people do it in several different situations, and I have to admit that I've been guilty of doing it myself a few times, but I try not to. So basically what I'm talking about is people saying something like "I'm going to go do X thing because I'm a nerd," or "I did X thing yesterday because I'm a nerd," or "the fact that I got excited over X thing really shows how much of a nerd I am," or any other permutation of this situation.
After hearing people say things like that, I have to wonder why they had to tack on "because I'm a nerd," when they could easily have just said "I'm going to do X thing." There are a few possible reasons that I can think of for this.
First, they could say it in a preemptively defensive way. Basically they may say they are going to do or did something that a nerd would stereotypically do, so they are expecting ridicule and therefore have the attitude of "yeah I already know I'm a nerd, come at me bro," or whatever.
The second possible reason is because they are wearing it as a badge of honor. Basically being like "omg guys look at me, I am like SUCH a nerd!" This is the only reasoning that I can consider mildly offensive since they are so out of touch with the fact that people are/were ridiculed for being "nerds" or whatever that they think it's hip to be "nerdy" now. I can't really blame them too much though, because what's cool is what's cool and I have no control over that.
Now the other point I want to bring up is people implying that I'm trying to be hip or cool by being a nerd. Now when I talk about things that I do (which I don't often because I don't think people care and talking too much about yourself is like Social Blunders 101) I don't feel the need to qualify them with "because I'm a nerd," I just say things like "I'm going to watch Battlestar Galactica and play Pokemon," or "I'm going to record my Minecraft LP," or "I'm going to go play a game of Skype mafia with my internet friends."
I'm going to bring up some specific instances when this has happened to me. First, when I was talking to the kendo club and mentioned that I don't know who Bruce Campbell is and they said "you call yourself a nerd?" No, I don't call myself a nerd thank you very much, that's for you to decide. I don't call myself anything (except a wizard and a rocket scientist and.. well you get the idea), especially if I need to meet your arbitrary criteria in order to legitimately do it.
The other instance happened last night, which is why I decided to post this. My good friend basically said something to the effect of "we should be nerds and talk about the Walking Dead season finale." Which is awesome, I would love to talk about the season finale with you and our normal watching crew (who didn't get together on Sunday because Easter), but why do we have to be nerds? Can't we just talk about Walking Dead and not call ourselves nerds? If going to a bar just to talk about Walking Dead makes us nerds then so be it, but that's for other people to decide, all we have to do is just do it.
Anyway, that rant was kind of longer than I expected. I'm curious to hear some of your opinions on this subject.
PS: It's impossible to spell check when you're writing in this blog.
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