Leonid Fridman's 'America Needs Its Nerds'

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Leonid Fridman’s essay “America Needs its Nerds” is to inform the general American public that “nerds and geeks” is what a country needs. He feels in today’s society, intellectuals are being looked down upon, while athletes are idolized. Fridman believes what this country needs is high academic achievements and intellectualism. Throughout the essay Fridman displays examples of how knowledge is extremely important and anti-intellectual values needs to be stopped. In this essay Fridman uses antithesis, irony, allusions to support his argument. In paragraph three, Fridman uses a series of antitheses to show a contrast between “nerds” and “athletes”. Fridman starts by saying “Even at a prestigious academic institution like Harvard, anti-intellectualism

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