A hearing concerning proposed amendments to the widely-feared SOPA bill is going on right now. It's being streamed on Keep The Web Open and you should take a listen; it's almost as heartening as it is infuriating. As you might expect, there's a lot of back and forth, and it goes a little something like this:
Representative1: SOPA is actually counterproductive, will encourage piracy, and severely hamper free speech.
Representative2: Well I'm not a nerd, but I disagree.
It's kind of staggering how often the discussion turns to who the "nerds" are, whether or not they understand what they're talking about. It's also kind of staggering how often the representatives who assert that they aren't
nerds use this fact as a way to support
their statement, backhandedly suggesting that the nerds are nerds and don't really know how real things work. Like the Internet for instance. The Internet.
And yes, they are literally saying "nerd." A lot.