[Air-L] nerd culture and new media

joana ro joanaro at googlemail.com
Mon Jun 16 08:59:38 PDT 2008


interesting question!
What have you been reading?

Some anecdotal speculation:

Even if Computer Science is still nerdy, Computers arent and knowledge of
them can be a very valuable social asset today.
So, it does seem as if nerds might be on the rise.

When discussing this with friends the other day, one argued that it was
Geeks, who were becoming more mainstream (i.e. Adam Brody) and that a nerd
who was true to form, meaning a pale and hunched white man who lives in
cellars etc etc) is still not going to get a date.


Johanna Roering
University of Tuebingen

On Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 5:35 PM, Sarita Yardi <sarita.yardi at gmail.com>

> Does anyone know of any recent research about how new media relates to
> nerd culture stereotypes? There are a large number of very recent
> books and news articles about this topic, and some claim that being
> nerdy is going mainstream. Presumably they mean it's not necessarily
> defined by computers and A/V and pocket protectors anymore, but video
> games and MMORPG's and MySpacers and other activities that may break
> the traditional white male nerd stereotype. Computer science is still
> as nerdy as ever, a perceived by kids, but do we know if new media
> studies or cultural studies indicates different trends in other areas?
> Speculation welcome, even if you don't know of any research being done on
> it.
> Thanks very much,
> Sarita
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