Nerdery

Well, That’s Finally Sorted Out

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?Actually, I’m not sure I 100% agree with this Venn diagram that Great White Snark unearthed somewhere — actually, I know I don’t 100% agree with it — but I thought it might make for an interesting discussion. As you may have noticed, I use “nerd” almost exclusively on TR; I feel that it’s the best term for obsessives, to borrow a circle from the graph, and while intelligence isn’t strictly necessary to be a nerd, they usually go hand-in-hand. Meanwhile, I generally think of “social ineptitude” as an intrinsic part of a “geek,” but not intelligence. Thoughts? 

About Author

Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.