A critical analysis of the essay celebrating nerdiness by Tom Rogers
An assignment paper for ACADEMIC WRITING
In the article “Celebrating Nerdiness”, Tom Rogers writes about his and his sons experiences of being a nerd while portraying being one in good light. . Rogers, who is a high school physics teacher, has a website on science that has been featured by the media. This essay of his was published in Newsweek, in 2000. From the language and personalised tone he used in his writing, Rogers may be targeting an audience of young nerds, who are unsure of being proud of themselves.
Rogers claims that nerds should embrace their nerdiness and not conform to societal stereotypes of them because of the success they will gain later in their lives. In paragraph 1, he dismisses society’s perceptions of nerds as “narrow-minded and thoughtless” and defines two key features of nerdiness as the “obsession with mastering every insane detail of their interest” and the “inability to understand… societal norms”, which nerds should embrace. He moves on to attributes that “virtually every modern blessing… originated with a nerd”, providing successful examples of nerds like Einstein and Newton in paragraph 3. Stating too their successes are acknowledged by society, who perceives them as “geniuses”, albeit only later in life. He reinstates the idea of later-life success for nerds, with his two sons gaining recognitions in paragraph 9 and 10.
In this essay, Rogers presents the dilemma faced by young nerds in creating their persona through their desire to be authentic against their need to have social acceptance. Roger argues nerds should embrace and portray their brilliant side to society instead of conforming to what society thinks how they should behave such as being weak, “friendless” and “book-smart”. However, Rogers’s argument is flawed because an individual