I’m tired of the use of the word “nerd” to describe people who like computers.
There’s no problem with people using the word to describe themselves, that’s fine. The issue is using that word to describe anyone who likes computers, and implying a lot of coupled interests with simply enjoying computing.
I have a problem with it because I want everyone to feel welcome to play with computers.
I don’t think there’s a “type of person” who is “good” at computers.
I especially think that if there was that type of person, it wouldn’t be something like “someone who likes Doctor Who [or insert piece of “nerd” canon].”
How about we let people be into whatever they’re into and not be judgmental mean people about it? Feigning surprise when someone into computers isn’t also into British science fiction isn’t nice.
So let’s stop coupling “likes to play with computers” or “likes to program,” which are becoming essential skills akin to language literacy, with cultural references that limit the people who are welcome to the party.
If by using the word “nerd,” it ever discourages someone from even trying to play with computers, I think that’s a terrible terrible thing.