6 Reasons Nerd Culture Needs To Take a Good, Long Look at Itself

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From Gamergate to the toxicity of our game heroes, Topless Robot has some interesting thoughts on why nerd culture may need to step back and take a good, long look at itself if it intends to evolve as a movement.

The last half year has not been the brightest hour for nerds and nerd culture. While nerds, geeks, gamers, etc. like to see themselves as ahead of the curve – at least when it comes to technology and pushing its limits – we’ve discovered there’s a mean, destructive streak festering at the heart of our culture. Since mid-August, some of the Internet’s most persistent and terrifying harassers have gathered under the banner of GamerGate to drive vocal female critics and developers out of the industry. A dumbass Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode was made out of it. Many of GamerGate’s poisonous attitudes have been fed by video games and comic books and perpetuated by those who play and read them, and while every nerd obviously shouldn’t be blamed for what’s happened, our culture still needs to step back and reflect

The piece is well-written and tries to take a less biased look at the nerd world, but is also not afraid to admit our flaws and areas we need work. Every nerd should give it a few minutes today.

[Image and story via ToplessRobot]




7 Responses to 6 Reasons Nerd Culture Needs To Take a Good, Long Look at Itself

  1. -“A dumbass Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode was made out of it”

    Seems like a pretty hateful statement. If the purpose of the article is to point out the destructiveness of the culture, then maybe the article itself not be? I try to ignore the nerdrage you see in every single comment to every single post in every form of media on the internet, but you really have to wade through a ton of it to get to anything useful. I think of them as little children that don’t get any attention at home and scream for it every chance they get.

  2. “Since mid-August, some of the Internet’s most persistent and terrifying harassers have gathered under the banner of GamerGate to drive vocal female critics and developers out of the industry.”

    “The piece is well-written and tries to take a less biased look at the nerd world…”

    The first quote disproves the second quote as the article’s author has, seen in the quote above, an extreme bias against GamerGate.

    Honestly, I don’t care if you are for or against GamerGate. I am just tired of all the biased BS floating around the ‘net being called “less biased” or even, laughably, “unbiased”. Both sides need to start being logical in their writings.

    Shame on you Geeks are Sexy for letting this steamer rise to the top of the cesspool and for you actually thinking this was “less biased”. That says a LOT about this site and what it stands for. Illogic over logic. Opinions over facts. How completely disappointing.

  3. I’m curious as to why my commnents don’t make it past moderation. I’m not posting anything threatening, sexist, rage-filled, etc. Here’s the last post that was deleted out of hand:

    I find it ironic that all of the blogs that posted a series of articles titled with different variations of “Gamers Are Dead”, and how horrible people who play games are have now tried to blame that crappy Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode on #Gamergate. The show prides itself on fake cases “ripped from the headlines”. Where exactly would they get those headlines? #Gamergate has been against the kind of clickbait and mushy ethics of the kinds of sites that introduced this level of bullying (Gawker) and toxicity (Bob Chapman) to the discussion over ethics in journalism, and an actual support of diversity in games.

    It’s tiring, this whole thing has been tiring. One side, #Gamergate, has been very sincere and clear in it’s messaging. The other side has been incredibly toxic (anti-GamerGate, Most Gaming Blogs, and Gamerghazi), especially towards minorities and women: https://jennofhardwire.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/gamers-discussing-gamergate-scandal-are-being-harassed-wheres-the-coverage-this-article-will-be-regularly-updated-with-documented-harassment-of-gamers/

    I think that the author is right in that toxic people need to reflect on their actions, I think that he’s just asking the wrong people to reflect.

  4. oh, lord….

    you really think this is the kind of content you viewers want.

    I guess this is another site I don’t need to bother coming back too.

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