Emotionen sind Luxus

22. März 2013

http://jezebel.com/5991715/literature-trends-show-that-no-one-wants-to-feel-anything-but-scared Madeleine Davies: Literature Trends Show That No One Wants to Feel Anything But Scared „Researchers also noticed a divergence between American and English literature, with the former being slightly more emotional. „We don’t know exactly what happened in the Sixties but our results show that this is the precise moment in which literary American and British English started to diverge,“ says the paper’s coauthor Professor Alex Bentley. „We can only speculate whether this was connected, for example, to the baby-boom or to the rising of counterculture…In the USA, baby boomers grew up in the greatest period of economic prosperity of the century, whereas the British baby boomers grew up in a post-war recovery period so perhaps ‚emotionalism‘ was a luxury of economic growth.“ Way to show your baby boomer privilege, yanks. The study points out that a decrease in emotive language in literature does not necessarily equal out to a decrease in the emotional depths of the people who read it. I might push this even further and say that a lack of emotional language in a book doesn’t mean that the work is in itself emotionless. Perhaps, seeing as we’ve become such a visual culture with so many available reference points, people have just become better at filling in the emotional blanks.“ Über Google Keep geteilt

Der Nerd ist immer der Andere

5. April 2011

In Nerds. Who They Are an Why We Need More of Them stellt David Anderegg den US-amerikanischen Präsidentschaftswahlkampf 2000 als archetypischen Kampf zwischen Jock und Nerd dar, und das, obwohl es Fotos von George Bush als Anführer der College-Cheerleader-Mannschaft gibt, und Gore nicht wirklich als schmächtiger Brainiac daherkommt.

Because there is something archetypal about the nerd-jock struggle that transcends real individuals. Now, in invoking the term archetype, which has both a technical meaning in Jungian psychology and a broader, more metaphorical meaning, we are marching into the fog. The term is slogged around carelessly […]. But archetypal, in its technical Jungian sense, refers to the evocation by figures in consciousness of constellations of desires and capabilities that are both universal and unconscious. Certainly the Bush-Gore struggle, like every jock-versus-nerd confrontation, seems to have the quality of an archetypal struggle. But it is not necessarily a struggle between archetypal figures; it’s the struggle itself that is archetypal. In this sense, Gore is necessary nerdy because we „know“ that his opponent, Bush, is a jock; Gore’s nerdity is necessitated by Bush’s jockity. And just as inevitably, we „know“ that Bush is a jock because his adversary Gore is a nerd; Bush’s jockity is a necessary complement to Gore’s nerdity. It is the struggle, the opposition, that feels inevitable, and the real-life characteristics of the antagonists disappear or are given disproportionate weight to make them fit what we think we know about the struggle. […] If there are jocks on one side, and it’s a confrontation, the other side, by definition, has to be nerds.

[David Anderegg, S. 218 f.]

Interessant ist die Frage, ob es dann überhaupt irgendetwas Nerdiges gibt, was diesen archetypischen Antagonismus begründen konnte, oder ob es eine ideologische Differenz ist, die, wenn überhaupt, bereits voll ausgebildet auftrat und dann perpetuiert wurde. Oder weniger poststrukturalistisch denn strukturalistisch gedacht: Die Definition des einen Menschen als Nerd und des anderen als Jock war eine arbiträre Setzung, die dann konventionalisiert wurde, um dann durch Hochzucht bestimmter Merkmale zu kulturellen Standards naturalisiert wurde.

Nerd-Checkliste aus Life

13. Oktober 2010

Im Life-Magazine erschien im Januar 1985 ein Artikel, in dem 22 Eigenschaften des gemeinen Nerds aufgezählt wurden:

  1. short haircut (receding hairline, large-domed forehead?)
  2. corrective lenses mended with adhesive tape (nearsighted?)
  3. rear-view mirror (on glasses)
  4. arrested case of acne with computer-terminal burn
  5. goofy, toothy smile
  6. generic T-shirt
  7. pajama-print short-sleeved shirt (permanent press, bought by Mom?)
  8. plastic pocket guard (containing pens, plastic comb, eyeglass-cleaning papers, and air-pressure gauge)
  9. digital watch
  10. belt cinched at the thorax
  11. emergency pen carrier (suspended from waistband)
  12. Canon printout calculator (the neo-slide rule)
  13. embarrassing fly
  14. computer traveling case
  15. Hostess Cup Cakes
  16. bag lunch (tuna fish on white, corn chips, Sno Balls)
  17. three-speed bike with bell, basket, and book clip
  18. printout
  19. unaffectedly short trousers (from high school)
  20. pants-leg clips
  21. socks with heels worked down under the arches
  22. brown shoes

[Foto: Robert Joy in CSI:NY von http://www.poptower.com/robert-joy.htm. Robert Joy spielte 1987 in der Broadway Production „The Nerd“ die Hauptrolle]

Gebt Jim Burrows Credit!

26. August 2009

Alles, was wir in Zeitungsartikeln, Radiofeatures und Fernsehberichten jemals über Nerds gelernt haben, stammt von dieser Homepage von Jim Burrows:


Es gibt wenig Photos von ihm, aber ein schönes nerdiges hier:


(Originalquelle des Bildes: http://www.eldacur.com/~brons/Vacation.html)