J Thomas wrote:When you accuse nerds of being elitist, claiming that you are a "regular people" yourself, you are engaging in reverse elitism. For some time now you have talked as if your ethnicity is better than nerd ethnicity. I find it vaguely irritating that you continue to do this on a nerd forum.
No, I don't think my "ethnicity" (*snicker*) is "better" than "nerd ethnicity" (*snicker"). What I'm complaining about here is a certain group of nerds who can't get over the fact that the Internet is not made for them
, at least not anymore. I'm not bothered by nerds and I don't think I'm "superior" to them, but I am
definitely against nerds who think the Internet should still be exclusive to nerds.
Do I think I'm "superior" to them? Maybe. But if we boil down every single argument and/or opinion to "you feel superior to them", we won't get anywhere. I mean, "you are elitist because you think you're superior to elitists" is a completely pointless, counter-intuitive argument, an useless dead-end.
J Thomas wrote:Wouldn't you be more comfortable among your own kind?
Maybe, but I don't like staying still and snug inside my comfort zone. I like to break out of it sometimes, you know.
Tormuse wrote:I've observed that, on the forums, you make a regular habit of pointing out flaws in the comics and arguing against people who like them. You seem to be holding your opinions as superior to those of the masses that like the comics. Doesn't that put you in the category of the "elitist people" and not the "regular people?"
If "having an opinion" or "expressing an opinion" is the same as "holding your opinions as superior", then hell, every human being does that constantly
. I only think my opinion as "superior" in the sense that I believe in it more than I believe in the others; otherwise, I wouldn't have that opinion in the first place!
Hating social networks for thinking their harmful or evil is one thing
. But the kind of "hate against sharing buttons" that's going on around here seems to me to be a different thing entirely.
Puppyclaws wrote:Also my understanding, from reading a lot of Sir Mustapha in the past, is that he comes here largely in response to a confusion you are making. Randall's jokes are not nerd jokes. Some subset of nerds just sort of assume that to be a fact, and make a point of spreading XKCD everywhere to the point that somebody living in that culture at all is faced with it all the time. Similarly, although nerds populate the XKCD forums, the XKCD forums are not nerd forums.
I think you just hit the nail right on the head. In fact, I think that's exactly
what I've been trying to say all this time: reading/liking xkcd is not synonymous with being a nerd
or vice versa.
The funny thing is, a lot of nerds get very annoyed by the fact that people in general make a lot
of assumptions about you when they see you writing computer code. Some people assume that "you can fix my Internet"; but some other people assume that "Gee Willikers YOU LOVE XKCD TOO". Both
assumptions are equally braindead and wrong.