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The Nerd Awards

New reality show celebrates geekdom.
 
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Does it need much explanation - a show which profiles the ultimate in nerdery - from the computer geeks to the gamers, to the roleplayers, Star Trek fans, model railroaders, etc.

Each week would have a different theme, with an award for the most nerdy. Perhaps some sort of competitive nerd-off within each category.

The end of the season would be a nerd-spectacular featuring all the top geeks, and public voting for the title of "King Nerd", "Geek of the Universe" or something. The award is a t-shirt of course.

trekbody, Jun 26 2006

Jargon File http://www.catb.org/jargon
... if you care about the difference. [pertinax, Jun 27 2006]

Sad Bastards http://www.thesadbastard.com/faq.htm
my preferred medium for celebrating nerds [pertinax, Jun 27 2006]

Science Olympics http://www.physics.uwo.ca/olympics/
[spidermother, Jun 29 2006]

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       no, no, no, no, no. fewer reality shows. one based on nerds does not get over the fundamental failing of reality shows, which is, them pretending to actually be reality.   

       this however, would be better catagorized as a game show. if you want an example of what it could be like, there was a show on tech tv a handful of years ago. something supergeek i think. it had supergeeks who would compete with contestants on their level of geekdom, at which point the winner would become the new supergeek for that category. it made the geeks look like socially inept losers, which isn't fair because they were not a good example of the average.   

       sorry, but you reminded me of this show, so i must bone.
tcarson, Jun 26 2006
  

       "the award is a t-shirt of course" [+]
sweet, Jun 26 2006
  

       //it made the geeks look like socially inept losers, which isn't fair//   

       The authoritative 'Jargon File' distinguishes between nerds and geeks. One way of defining the difference is to say that nerdiness approximates to the medical condition Asperger Syndrome, whereas geekiness approximates more to Attention Deficit Disorder.   

       So, if you believe in 'winners and losers' (a bad idea in my opinion), then, in this definition, nerds really are socially inept losers whereas geeks are not.   

       Nerds, of course, should be celebrated, but reality TV is probably the least appropriate medium on Earth for doing this. Personally, I've used a website. <muffled blowing of own trumpet>
pertinax, Jun 27 2006
  

       Pardon me for interchanging Geek and Nerd freely, and I appreciate the allucidation of the finer points of differentiation. I don't know why, but I find any response at all that anyone makes to this idea amusing.   

       I wonder if "idea bakers" could be a category on this show. And FYI, my point was not to show geeks as socially inept losers, but to celebrate ourselves as socially inept losers.
trekbody, Jun 27 2006
  

       but it's the society that's inept, not the losers.
tcarson, Jun 27 2006
  

       Point taken : )
trekbody, Jun 28 2006
  

       and madmen. don't forget the madmen.
tcarson, Jun 29 2006
  

       You guys do know who you're typing to, don't you? This is [UnaBubba]- Master of All Things Word, Vocabulary Guru Supreme, Head Honcho of Confabulation and Honorary Member of the Lexiconers of the Four Corners of the Earth. Why would he need a dictionary indeed?
NotTheSharpestSpoon, Jun 29 2006
  

       they make good doorstops and bludgeoning implements.
tcarson, Jun 29 2006
  

       I find that mine fall apart at the binding after only a few blows.
NotTheSharpestSpoon, Jun 29 2006
  

       Being socially inept, and spending my free time at the computer, I do admire those 'losers' who have the skill to chat up the dames.   

       So, [phlish]'s scoring might be off if you use different critera.
neelandan, Jun 29 2006
  

       [Unabubba] *is* the dictionary.
lostdog, Jun 29 2006
  

       OK, folks, this isn't the UnaBubba Fan Club. Wipe that brown stuff off your noses and get back to work.   

       Does the Northern Electric Research & Development company not still owns the rights to the acronym NERD? We might have to deal with them over licensing issues, unless the family of Theodor Geisel has something to say as well.
Canuck, Jun 29 2006
  

       //no, no, no, no, no. fewer reality shows//   

       Seconded.[-]
kuupuuluu, Jun 29 2006
  

       Unabubba - geek=circus performer, bites heads off chickens.   

       I thought that's what we were doing : )
trekbody, Jun 29 2006
  

       I know about W.C. Minor and Broadmoor. Do I get a t-shirt?
DenholmRicshaw, Jun 29 2006
  

       Phish - where does the Geek Squad stand then in your interesting matrix of geekdom?
trekbody, Jul 05 2006
  

       [trekbody], corporate sellouts who compound the idea of a geek as a socially inept loser, even if he can fix your computer.
tcarson, Jul 05 2006
  

       Sounds reasonable tcarson. Consider my use of the word Geek corrected.
trekbody, Jul 06 2006
  
      
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