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Joe Rogan explains why “nerd” isn’t an insult

Published: 9/Apr/2020 18:23 Updated: 9/Apr/2020 18:51

by Daniel Cleary


UFC commentator Joe Rogan revealed why he thinks “nerd” is no longer used as an insult during his latest podcast with Lex Fridman.

Joe Rogan has built a massive following from his popular podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience, where he covers a wide range of interesting topics.

During his April 8 episode alongside MIT research scientist, Lex Fridman, the pair found themselves in a rather unusual debate, discussing if “nerd” is still used as an insult in modern times.

Joe Rogan shared why the perception of being a “nerd” has changed in recent years.

After watching a short clip of Bill Gates making a jump over a chair during his show, the podcast host remarked that it was “a pretty good jump for a nerd,” which sparked the debate between himself and Fridman.

Lex revealed his take on the term, expressing that he hated the use of it and viewed it as a saying that would often be used to describe someone in a negative manner, before asking, “you don’t think of a nerd as an ideal of a man?”

Joe, on the other hand, believed that the days of “nerd” being used as an insult had passed, and explained that he would use the word to describe someone who had invested a lot of energy into a particular subject.

“There’s nothing wrong with nerds, no I disagree, like I’m a nerd about a lot of things,” he replied, pointing towards “dork” as the term that is rarely used in a positive light, instead.

“It’s very rare that dork is positive, whereas nerd is often positive. Nerd is like a fun way about saying someone is really smart about a certain thing,” he explained.

Joe later admitted that he understood where Lex was coming from, and added that the way to dismantle the stereotype would be to introduce a positive culture of celebrating those who invest their life in science.

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Massive stars such as Elon Musk are helping to change the perception around those choosing careers in science.

“I don’t think the way around that is to eliminate words or even stop using words, I think the way around it is just to appreciate people that are really great at science. The words don’t really matter, it’s perceptions that matter and I don’t think science has a bad perception, it just doesn’t have a glamorous enough perception,” Joe added.

One of the main issues the pair highlighted before moving on was the fact that “nerds” would often play a part in worsening the perception by deciding against activities that didn’t fit the stereotype, such as working out or becoming fight fans.

Although the term “nerd” has not always been associated with positivity, many would claim that the perception has changed in recent years particularly with tech stars such as Elon Musk inspiring many to appreciate the work of those in similar fields.


David Dobrik responds to backlash after claiming he “hates nature”

Published: 27/Oct/2020 17:08

by Alice Hearing


After an onslaught of hateful comments, David Dobrik has responded to the backlash he faced for claiming that he “hates nature” on his Views podcast with Jason Nash.

As a huge YouTuber known for massive giveaways and wholesome content, Dobrik’s comments, if at all negative, can cause a stir among his fans. In the episode in question, Dobrik explains at length why he “hates nature,” and how outdoor activities really don’t do it for him.

“I cannot describe to you how much I f***ing hate nature,” Dobrik said. “I never knew I could be so angry at something. I was hiking in the mountains, and everybody I saw, I was just getting angry at. I was like, ‘Why are you here?’ I was so mad!”

“It feels so wrong because everybody loves nature,” he continued. “…what is so cool about something that’s been there… for millions of years! What is so cool about that? …it feels like everything I’ve worked for has been erased. I’m stuck with the dirt and the grass and the leaves.”

David Dobrik hates nature
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Angry commenters described Dobrik as “close-minded”

Angry commenters had a lot to say about his opinions on the world around him and on his attitude about something as mundane as nature.

“I don’t justify it, but now I understand the hate that you get for being so closed-minded and kind of a d**k to your friends or the planet,” one person wrote. “I know that you have done great things like charities and donations. But DUDE, grow up a bit, you live in a bubble.”

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But in the latest episode of Views with fellow YouTuber Jason Nash, they discussed the backlash Dobrik faced and read out Dexerto’s article on the subject.

Dobrik explained that fans misunderstood his intentions: “I said I didn’t like nature and by this, I didn’t mean that I don’t care about the ecosystem where I think you shouldn’t recycle and I think you should litter. It was like I just literally do not care for walks.”

“I wasn’t joking about the actual nature but I was kind of like you guys are gonna really hate me for this. I didn’t think people would actually get mad and people are pissed.”

Since the latest episode has aired, angry commenters are nowhere to be seen. It seems that the adamant defenders of nature walks have been appeased.