The dust has somewhat settle, and the internet has responded:
- Apology to Jon Finkel from the Ladies of Geekland
- Alyssa Bereznak Just Reminded Us That Women Can Be Predators Online Too
- Gizmodo mean girl bashes OKCupid date for no reason
- Jon Finkel's wikipedia page with some vandalism in the opening paragraph
- The 8 Best Reactions To Gizmodo's Mean OkCupid Article
There is one thing that Alyssa, and I am guessing a lot of people (regardless of gender) are missing - without geeks or nerds, your world would be different - VERY DIFFERENT INDEED. You would not have:
- Industries built on Information Technology (IT)
- The internet (ie. you would not be able to read this blog post) and its websites
- Mobile Phones (and this would probably extend to regular phones)
- Food technology (although some may argue that genetically modified food is harmful)
- Video games
- Credit cards
- Cars and most other forms of transport
- Everything cool that Apple makes (iPhone, iPad, iMac)
- Countless other items
I am not going to put forward the argument that the world is a better place with ALL these items in it, but I will say that it is a very different place. I am not saying that entertainers and sports people do not have their place in society either, but if you seriously think about it, being able to kick a ball does not assist in helping to solve communication issues between countries separated by geography. I do appreciate watching sports, but it is as a distraction. As Chewie said to me recently, "If it wasn't for all the distractions around us, we would get more time trying to solve things and better ourselves."
Next time you want to label something as "too nerdy" or "geeky", take a look around you and at your own life. If you are reading this article, it was because a nerd or a geek thought up the technology to bring it to you. Your mocking (no matter how "playful" or "innocent" it may be) may be having a profound negative impact on someone around you.
Well done to the internet community in raising one voice against people like mean girl Alyssa. And to Alyssa: "Your opinions are not always appreciated!"