Yes, you read that right. I'm talking about Nerd Bullying today. Perhaps you think, "Surely nerds, who have historically been bullied, wouldn't do such a thing. They know better." I'd like to think so too, but I've noticed this lately and I wanted to say something.
Back in the day, it could be argued that the weaker the person, the less chance they had for survival. Without technology, strength was a much more important quality. Those without strength were looked down on, made to feel less. Not nice. I think we can all agree that though this happened it wasn't right.
Well, the tables have turned in many ways.
In this internet age, intelligence and other nerd qualities have come into power, and it almost seems as if there's some kind of Revenge of the Nerds going on out there. I mean, the internet is essentially a community created by nerds. It's their place to hang out and be cool. But as it's grown more accessible to "outsiders," I've noticed this kind of "Why are all these STUPID people invading MY space?" thing going on.
It almost seems like people are throwing their intelligence around like a weapon, mocking those with less knowledge, treating them very much like Poindexter might have been treated by the football team in 1950. There are virtual swirlies being given all over the internet.
My heart twists up every time I see some "noob" get made fun of. In publishing. In an online game. On Twitter. Whatever. My stomach turns when I read about the stupidity of people who like certain books or movies or music, as if smarter people are better and you should be ASHAMED to like such inane drivel. It's, well, a touch elitist, isn't it?
As people who probably know what it feels like to be on the outside, I hope we can rise above that impulse to act superior. I hope we can welcome newcomers, instead of making them feel stupid. We all know better, and I hope we can do better.