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Is the Maker Movement Making It Cool For Kids To Be Nerds? 220

blackbearnh writes "For many adults into technology, childhood was an alienating experience, pigeon-holed as a nerd and relegated to the A/V, Computer or Gaming club in high school. But according to a Christian Science Monitor article that looks at young Makers, the next generation of tech geeks are social and are gaining increasing support from corporate America. Radio Shack is stocking Arduinos, Autodesk bought Instructables, and teens are flocking to local Hackerspaces to learn how to create their own gear. Wired GeekDad David Giancaspro thinks the desire to create things is natural. 'As we've moved further and further away from that, towards what people call "knowledge work," as opposed to producing something physical, that urge is starting to come back,' he says."
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Is the Maker Movement Making It Cool For Kids To Be Nerds?

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  • Re:CSM (Score:5, Informative)

    by PCM2 ( 4486 ) on Tuesday November 01, 2011 @08:37PM (#37914764) Homepage

    Christian Science Monitor is actually a very good newspaper. Although it was founded by the Church of Christ, Scientist, it is not a religious newspaper and its coverage is actually a lot more diligent than a lot of what gets called "reporting" these days.

  • by ScrewMaster ( 602015 ) on Tuesday November 01, 2011 @09:42PM (#37915182)

    understanding tech is still nerdy

    And a lack of understanding is ignorance, which some people wear like a medal of honor. It may make them more socially acceptable ... but they're still ignorant.

  • Re:Pigeonholed? (Score:2, Informative)

    by BitZtream ( 692029 ) on Tuesday November 01, 2011 @10:15PM (#37915384)

    While I really wash't any good at sports, I stuck it out riding the bench for 4 years in high school and earned a varsity letter as a result. I had friends who were jocks as well as nerds.

    Then you, by definition, were not a nerd.

    Do you guys even know what the word means? You're clearly not nerds, you don't even know the meaning of the word your trying to use to describe yourself.

  • Re:CSM (Score:5, Informative)

    by PCM2 ( 4486 ) on Tuesday November 01, 2011 @10:26PM (#37915462) Homepage

    the Christian Science Monitor was created to show how science doesn't rule out the existence of a higher power

    Actually, it was not created for this purpose. It's a newspaper. It covers science, just like the New York Times does, but its mission as a newspaper has very little to do with science or "the existence of a higher power," but with reporting the news. If you're curious, you might want to find out something about its history. From its own Web page: [csmonitor.com]

    The Christian Science church doesn’t publish news to propagate denominational doctrine; it provides news purely as a public service. Here’s why: If the basic theology of that church says that what reaches and affects thought shapes experience, it follows that a newspaper would have significant impact on the lives of those who read it.
    News with the motive “to injure no man, but to bless all mankind” cannot but help improve society and individual lives. The idea is that the unblemished truth is freeing (as a fundamental human right); with it, citizens can make informed decisions and take intelligent action, for themselves and for society.

    The Monitor was founded more than 100 years ago, in an era when "fair, unbiased journalism" was virtually an alien concept in the United States, around the heyday of what came to be called "yellow journalism." The tabloid papers of the time were filled with slanders, misreporting and outright lies. In that business climate, the idea that a church would start a fair and accurate newspaper seemed natural -- because who else would embark on such a fool's errand, when it would put them in competition with men like Pullitzer and Hearst? Those two made Fox News look like pikers. The Monitor stepped in to provide the public with news -- real news -- not as an opportunity to preach, but in the same spirit that many churches feed the poor.

    As for the rest of your childish, ignorant rant, may I kindly suggest that you slow your roll.

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