On Nerd Discourse

Today I am speaking on a panel about “nerd discourse” with author Neal Stephenson and structural engineer Keith Hjelmstad: it was assembled by my colleague Ed Finn, who is launching ASU’s new Center for Science and the Imagination. Here’s the link – http://ihr.asu.edu/news-events/events/nerd-talk-geek-speak-and-challenges-21st-century-knowledge-silos

I want to share a few examples of some of my favorite ways that people express “nerd discourse” (I believe that’s Ed Finn’s term) by showing the following:

Your Argument is Invalid (and Pancake Bunny and tl; dr) - http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/your-argument-is-invalid
*an excellent internet version of “oh snap”

Shaq vs. Oprah on Twitter – http://www.buzzfeed.com/lindseyweber/therealshaq-vs-oprah-ru
*outside the Discourse*

That’s a moire (Reddit thread) – http://www.reddit.com/r/reddit.com/comments/8wya7/moir%C3%A9_is_cool_gif/c0ap1j2
*puns and plays with language*

Also referenced this joke about nerds & geeks: https://twitter.com/LarsHinrichs/status/237610447375839233

 

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