Linus Torvalds has stepped down as the leader of his own project, Linux, after many years of complaints about his rudeness. Linux has now adopted a “Code of Conduct” which many correctly fear is an entry point for Social Justice Warriors (SJWs.) As soon as the Code of Conduct was adopted, a professional SJW, Sage Sharp, the same SJW behind the adoption of the Code of Conduct, tried to get a Linux developer, Ted Tso, fired for being a “rape apologist.” (Tso should have immediately pulled the race card, as Sharp is White and Tso is Asian…)
Now, computer nerds are in a state of panic, rightly worried that they are next and that these Codes of Conducts are going to be used against them and that their culture is under attack by outsiders.
But Computer Nerds brought this on themselves, because “Nerd” it itself a type of Social Justice Warrior identity.
There’s a fascinating article from a trade publication back in the 1970s where they are describing the typical “computer programmer.” They describe a stereotypical “autistic” type that likes “computers more than people.” This article was directed towards CEOs and Human Resource professionals who may have to hire computer programmers at a time when computers were just starting to appear outside of the military and businesses like IBM. This article may actually have been influential in the creation of the “nerd” stereotype.
What was fascinating about the article is its assertion that, unlike regular workers, “computer programmers were not motivated by money.” This was, of course, welcome news to business owners that didn’t understand computers and were worried about the cost of hiring computer programmers. The article went on to describe ways to recruit and motivate programmers without having to pay them too much money.
As computer technology began to become more important in all phases of business/capitalism, there appeared this new social identity, that of a “nerd.” These “nerds” would often wear their low social status as a badge of honor and quite often identified themselves as an “oppressed” minority that the majority didn’t understand. They often, in fact, engaged in a sort of “supremacy” where they declared they were “smarter” than “normal” people thus their “oppressors” were, in fact, inferior.
In the 1990s computer programmers – “nerds” or “geeks” – began to be seen by many women as desirable because these “nerds” and “geeks” were making money. Indeed, technology since the 1990s has been an excellent way for middle class white men to rise in the class hierarchy of America. But some of the original “nerds” and “geeks” complained about this, especially the rise of the “brogrammer.”
“Brogrammers” were not attacked because they were less intelligent or less skilled than the “nerds.” They were attacked for supposedly “only being in it for the money” and not really liking technology like the “nerds” do and thinking of their job as just a job, instead of an “identity.”
These “nerds” also claim that technologists are into “comic books” and “sci fi” and were bullied in high school because of how smart they were. “Nerd” culture is full of fantasies of “getting back” at the “jocks” who supposedly attacked them in high school and how technology will make the “nerds” the “alpha males.”
This “nerd” identity coincided with the understanding of autism and Aspberger’s syndrome. Notice that “aspies” – or those “on the spectrum” – are also an SJW identity – just as obnoxious as “transgendered” people are. Autistics come up with “rules” on how other people are supposed to treat them – differently than “neurotypical” people are treated. Autistics don’t yet have their own pronouns, but it’s only a matter of time.
So these nerds in their nerd culture spent the last 30 years whining about the “normals” and how “oppressed” they were, and how they were, in fact, morally superior to other because of their nerdiness (we only care about the tech! We’re more objective than others!)
Autistics and nerds all think they are Mr. Spock, when in reality they tend to be Sheldon Coopers – immature, emotionally vacuous, petty, cruel, self-important, blind to their own faults. They are the opposite of objective.
An aside: no one has ever explained to me why reading Spiderman comics – as a child or an adult – somehow magically maps to a high IQ or some sort of talent for computer programming. Certainly that hasn’t been my experience, the “comic book nerds” I’ve known in my life with intellectual (and artistic) mediocrities. The original Star Trek was a good show – a bit hokey, but decent for its time. But considering that all it did was take the best science fiction plots from actual science fiction literature and simplified them for a one hour show, was pretty derivative and not particularly original.
The Next Generation was an awful show, horribly acted, lame plots, wooden dialogue. While the original Star Trek was all about Cold War liberalism, Next Generation WAS Social Justice Warriorism – a white collar office – IN SPACE – racially diverse, and even added in homosexuality and transgenderism.
So now these nerds – especially the straight white males – are being hoisted on their own petards. They spent 30 years whining how “oppressed” they were, they complained about “jocks” and “brogrammers” that “bullied” them, they complained about how “normal” people just didn’t understand them because they were just smarter and more morally “pure” than everyone else.
So along comes the SJWs with even MORE moral superiority, even MORE fringe interests, even MORE “oppressed” status, and the straight white male nerds are getting kicked down the Hierarchy of Oppression.
Here’s a thought: maybe you were bullied in school because you were an asshole. Maybe YOU need to learn how to adapt to “normal” people, not the other way around. Maybe your skills in a very narrow field do not make you “morally superior.”
And maybe the fact you are into low-brow crap like comic books does not, in fact, have anything to do with skill as a computer programmer.
You whined like a victim for 30 years, now even BIGGER VICTIMS are coming to take away your status.
Take it from a “brogrammer” (who got laid like tile in high school and college, thank you very much) who made a bit of “fuck you” money back in the day by leveraging actual skills, NOT by “identifying as a geek” …