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    The Hoi Polloi may not see the differences, but to the experienced eye they glint like spider eyes in torchlight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by droid View Post
    You must differentiate between nerd, geek & dork.
    Quote Originally Posted by CrowleyHead View Post
    Those have no meaning anymore. Geek and Nerd are used interchangeably to the point their distinction is impossible to determine, and both have too many parallels to isolate entirely.


    The fact that I instantly knew where to go for this diagram probably speaks volumes.

    Agreed, though, that dorkishness is primarily about poor social skills. You can be a dork without having any notably nerdlike tendencies, in fact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by droid View Post
    The Hoi Polloi may not see the differences, but to the experienced eye they glint like spider eyes in torchlight.
    Surely not the first times someone has engaged in meta-nerdery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Tea View Post


    The fact that I instantly knew where to go for this diagram probably speaks volumes.
    Id just like to point out that I have, once again, enmeshed tea in a web of misdirection, psychological manipulation and mind control.

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    I am the master. Bow before me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by droid View Post
    Id just like to point out that I have, once again, enmeshed tea in a web of misdirection, psychological manipulation and mind control.
    Look just shut up and get those battle station blueprints to the Rebels like you were supposed to.
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    All it took was familiarity with your limited range of cultural touchstones and an understanding of the mechanics of your (ahem) 'thought' processes... then I just had to hook the bait, cast the rod, and wait...

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    http://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n20/andrew-...le-now-bitches

    Someone, perhaps not a million miles from you, whose name we don’t yet know but whose face is camera-ready, whose conscience is clearing before the fact, is preparing a biography of his mentality in advance of a shooting massacre. He is almost certainly a he, and he is unhappy, and he is already fully armed. He is probably on Zoloft. He is likely to be a virgin with a history of isolation. He may be into hurting animals, or like Death Metal music, and there’s a strong chance he will have been said to have Asperger’s syndrome or ADHD. The movies he likes will tell a story about him and his displaced sense of self. There may be a girl who snubbed him. If he is older, it may be a boss who snubbed him but it’s more likely to be the whole of ‘society’. He may well be an expert in video games and have inscribed himself on a notional leaderboard, perhaps even taking up a role in life that mirrors a status he sees himself having in the game. He will write poems. He will watch porn. And there will be times when he doesn’t sleep for days, just drinking Coke, listening to music on his iPod and dreaming up scenarios based on the songs. He will hate jocks, the sometimes handsome and generally confident boys who snag the girls at school. Those he hates he hates with a vengeance. He might find girls disgusting. He believes he has a system of thought, his own, that education or company philosophy can’t get close to, and his feelings of inferiority quickly turn bombastic. He is lonely. And the biggest mistake he makes is to imagine there is nobody like him. Because quite a few are like him and some of them are already writing a long note to posterity.

    The step from beta boy to Übermensch seems natural. One minute, Chris Harper-Mercer was bemoaning the fact that no girl liked him, that he was nobody and invisible and without status among his peers. The next minute he was telling a ‘lucky one’ that he could live while everybody else died. ‘I am God’ is code for ‘I am nobody.’ Anders Behring Breivik spent eight years preparing a manifesto of 1500 pages, an encyclopedia of wrongs. ‘2083: A European Declaration of Independence’ sets out his hatred of Muslims, Marxists and multiculturalists, building a case for genocide, and reads like it’s torn from the pages of a novel by Don DeLillo. Breivik emailed it to a thousand people the morning he went out and bombed a government building in Oslo, killing eight, before travelling to a Workers’ Youth League summer camp on the island of Utøya, where he spent an hour and a half on a shooting spree that killed 69 people. He then surrendered. Breivik’s manifesto is so much a part of him that nothing can take him off-course. Afterwards, his only regret was that he didn’t kill more people and he feels certain that he will be hailed in the future as a great hero. He sees himself as a knight templar, a hero of the modern crusade, blond, green-eyed, tall, armour-plated, and ready to command legions in their fight to purify the world. For him, technology’s great purpose is to make possible a counter-jihad, and the internet, the West’s great contribution to the deepening of the collective soul, will enable this. ‘Optimally, you will send your announcements only seconds before you initiate the operation,’ he advises.

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    I feel troubled by the author's adoption of the alpha/beta distinction, as if he's aligning himself with the bullies of the world. Leaves a bad taste.

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    I think he's talking about them in the terms they see themselves in.

    I don't think 'alpha' males are anywhere near as into this 'alpha/beta' stuff as men who perceive themselves as 'beta'.

    Actually this piece on trolls is perhaps relevant here too

    http://www.lrb.co.uk/v38/n24/richard...eude-with-bite

    Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't see these trolls with their ultra macho anti-women agendas as being athletic bully boys visiting 4chan inbetween visiting the gym and going to frat parties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't see these trolls with their ultra macho anti-women agendas as being athletic bully boys visiting 4chan inbetween visiting the gym and going to frat parties.
    Er, I think that's exactly the point - the confident, buff guys are what the internet shut-ins wish they were, but aren't, and consequently despise.
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    Yeah that goes without saying (even though I said it).

    What I think is interesting is that this beta/alpha stuff is really the obsession of the self-styled 'betas' (as of course it must be, since the alpha males aren't concerned with how to get girls when they're already getting them)

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    Yes, we need a taxonomy of nerds. The empowered nerd is maybe not the correct term. But it's a specific type of nerd I want to eradicate not the jovial real ale drinking fedora wearing terry pratchet reading ones you refer to.
    I thought "entitled nerd" got it pretty well. I've also heard "internet man-babies", particularly for the sub-class who act like they're the victims of Stalinist oppression if the latest edition of their favorite game franchise doesn't have bouncy enough tits in it.

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    Did luka mention Martin Shkreli earlier? He's not a nerd, he's a fully-fledged capitalist sociopath in the Bateman mould.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post
    http://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n20/andrew-...le-now-bitches

    Someone, perhaps not a million miles from you, whose name we don’t yet know but whose face is camera-ready, whose conscience is clearing before the fact, is preparing a biography of his mentality in advance of a shooting massacre. He is almost certainly a he, and he is unhappy, and he is already fully armed.......
    This article runs very similar to Berardi's book Heroes. Tbh I do not like either's line. I think pointing to alienation, disenfranchisement etc are mis-leading. Most of these (white-men in more affluent countries) people's gripes seems to be that they are not allowed to be automatically dominant, respected and privileged. I think rather than focus on how they are not these things it is better to ask why people still feel they deserve to be these things.
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