Leonid Fridman Nerds Analysis

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In this passage, Leonid Fridman expresses his concerns, regarding how the word "geek’" or “nerd" is used as a derogatory term rather than a complimentary term. Fridman develops his argument by using rhetorical devices such as hyperboles, rhetorical questions, and juxtaposition to emphasize his reasoning. He explains how there is a flaw within the system of values in our society that thinks of nerds as social pariahs. Throughout the passage, Fridman compares “nerds” to those who not identify as not being a nerd. The juxtaposition of these two opposites, help clarify Fridman’s argument that “nerds” should not be ridiculed for wanting to study rather than expanding their social status. Fridman compares these two by explaining, “Children who
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