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Pb2Au

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#1 11 years ago

Hey guys, I need some help finding a topic for an English essay. We had an essay earlier this semester examining stereotypes in movies. Specifically, we were asked to choose movies which stereotyped social groups we belonged to. As such, I chose Revenge of the Nerds. I'm 17 and taking Honors Calc. 3 in my first semester of college. I am a nerd. I wrote the essay. Now we have a followup essay examining a problem in our previously chosen community. Because 'nerds' are not readily definable as a community, unlike ethnic or religious groups, I am lost. My professor will allow me to use 'nerds' as pertaining to the intellectual community, but I'm still lost. Anyone have any ideas for social or financial problems affecting the intellectual community?




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#2 11 years ago

you could write about nerds doing well? Like mr. Gates and Jobs (for exampel) What kinda "impact" "nerds" have on sociiety. (you'll have to figure it out for yourself ;)) but social problems we got lots, bullying, less social activity outside, maybe lesser friends than the popular lot... hmm.. but also advantages of being a "nerd" in modern sociaty, such as computer knowledge.. everything is build around computers nowadays, and huge social networks called forums, bringing nationalities together and lets people express themselves.. and you know.. stuff.

I would say "nerds" sometimes have a much more nuanced view on the world.

Just some quick ideas.. hope they can help you along the way :P




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#3 11 years ago

Copyright laws. The 'Brain Drain', where skilled or educated people/workers move to areas where they are offered better pay. Pre-occupation with material wealth resulting in less students taking 'intellectual' courses, such as philosophy (would require statistical backing, though.) Social problems are a bit trickier for nerds, in order to have them you must first have a social life... although if you include an obsession with computer games as part of your 'nerd' criteria then gaming addiction/total immersion would count as a problem.




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#4 11 years ago

You could write about social ineptness, I can't think of many problems besides some basic health ones due to stereotypical nerd's poor diet and lack of exercise, and the aforementioned social ineptness.




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#5 11 years ago

You could use it to talk about the difference between intelligence and book learning I suppose.




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#6 11 years ago
elevatormusic;4041711Copyright laws.

Copyright laws, are not so much a problem, but a means. It is Microsoft that causes the problem with copyright law.

* It is the abuse of copyright law, which is a severe pain in the keester.

I also like Nem's idea.

* The temptations to fall back on book learning, instead of attempting to truly understand something. Often nerds focus on one particular thing.




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#7 11 years ago
Pb2Au;4041667Anyone have any ideas for social or financial problems affecting the intellectual community?

Yeah, how about dealing with idiots.




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#8 11 years ago
Hey guys, I need some help finding a topic for an English essay. We had an essay earlier this semester examining stereotypes in movies. Specifically, we were asked to choose movies which stereotyped social groups we belonged to. As such, I chose Revenge of the Nerds. I'm 17 and taking Honors Calc. 3 in my first semester of college. I am a nerd. I wrote the essay. Now we have a followup essay examining a problem in our previously chosen community. Because 'nerds' are not readily definable as a community, unlike ethnic or religious groups, I am lost. My professor will allow me to use 'nerds' as pertaining to the intellectual community, but I'm still lost. Anyone have any ideas for social or financial problems affecting the intellectual community?

why not scientists who have trouble funding their experiments and with that you can include that some projects get cut funding because nobody believes the results, the experiment seems useless but it really isn't, or the government/some agency, does not like the results (think Nikola Tesla - rumor has it that oil companies and such fear his free energy theory so they lobbied to have funding cuts for his experiments).




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#9 11 years ago

Alright guys, I've chosen to write it about bullying because it is one of the easiest essays to write with respect to proposing a solution to the problem. Thanks for all other suggestions.

Sounds like you're frustrated, Bobo.




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#10 11 years ago

bullying.... sounds kinda elementary honestly. What scientists get bullied in the real world anyway, unless they are still like 5-10 years old attending school. Realy when a scientists conducts and experiment does their past bullying issue really make a difference in it? If anything I'd think as people grew older they'd became envious of a scientists/nerd/whatever intellectual superiority. Afterall, that superiority is a valuable gift which allows for great potential of success.




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