As per the chapter introduction, we are going to discuss “nerds” and “hipsters”. What does it mean to be a nerd? What does it mean to be a hipster? How are nerds differentiated from let’s say “geeks” or “dorks” (or some other like group)? What does it mean to be a hipster? How are nerds differentiated from other contemporary (or historic) social entities? You may choose to look at any aspect of “nerd-dom” or “hipster-ness,” using your own experience(s), that of a friend, parent, grandparent, etc.
I am ALSO certainly open to other ways of designating groups of people – “alternative” or “indie” might also apply, for example.
Please be sure to use complete sentences and proper grammar.
You will have at least three posts for this discussion (an initial point of view post and two replies to classmates looking for trends/similarities/differences/etc of approximately 200-250 words each post).
1 Main post – 200-250 word
I have attached other classmates posts to respond to.( 2 replies 200-250 words)
Mar 9, 2021
Nerds and Hipsters are a very iconic comparison when you think about different types of subcultures. When you think of the nerd the first thing
that comes to mind is a person that is very introverted a close-minded person. One that usually likes to engage in activities like video games or
books. A nerd is the perfect contrasting personality to that of let’s say a jock. An individual who is frail, defenseless, and lacks the social popularity
of a normal extroverted teenager. You see a kid who is underdeveloped maybe in their juvenile period of puberty, wearing glasses because of the
lack of vision or coordination too. So in a sense being a nerd is an individual who is disadvantaged from the rest of society. The one who is made
fun of and undermined for his weaknesses or predispositions. Being a geek is a little bit different. A geek is a person who attempts to be normal
and conform to society, but in doing so they embarrass themselves because of their inability to act accordingly. So is the label dork. Very much
the same meaning but a different name to use.
“Being a hipster” has become a universal term as well for the younger generations. I think it originates back in the ’70s when you see the style of
that generation to be very vibrant and laid back. Today, being a hipster is a person who chooses a style according to the specific trend that is
catching on in society. Whether it be in fashion, hobbies, or music a hipster is one who takes pride in being unique and artists whilst still being
outside of the cultural mainstream. You could see a hipster look like a person who wears corduroy pants and a fedora with a perfectly cuffed t-
shirt drinking coffee. I also think the term hipster really resonates with certain types of regions. Places like Oregon, for example, really capture
that hipster type of vibe. People who live a very laid-back lifestyle and love to drink coffee and care about nature. So I think it really comes down
to the identities of the communities that determine the use of these different stereotypes.
Edited by Trevor Lemp on Mar 9 at 9:59pm
Mar 21, 2021
I went to a high school where the student body was highly concentrated with “nerds.” By “nerds” I mean techy computer kids who wear running
shoes and jeans and t shirts usually with their favorite band or some type of logo on it as well as are super smart, focused on school and do their
homework on weekend nights. I went to Foothill Technology High School in Ventura, and because of the fact that entering into this technology
school was a choice, that just meant that mostly techy computer kids entered and thus many techy “nerds” were concentrated in this school. That
being said, after spending four years very closely acquainted with what most people consider to be nerds, I can say plainly that I love and
appreciate “nerds” to a different level than I think most people who went to normal high schools can attest to. I think that most people see a
typical “nerd” as I described earlier, and put them into this category but never actually take the time to get to speak to them or get to know them.
To be honest, if had gone to a normal high school I might not have either. That being said, as I was essentially forced to spend 4 years of life with
“nerds” and was able to get to know them, I had the opportunity to not only appreciate their intelligence, but also I got acquainted well enough
with them to realize how similar and relatable these people were to me in reality. From afar you might think you have nothing in common with a
typical “hipster” or “nerd”, but in my experience, they are FAR more interesting and similar to you than you think! Putting people into categories is
dangerous as it elicits assumptions when you cannot possibly know the reality for each individual in a socially contrived category.
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