Thursday, June 19, 2014

Today's Exhibit at Vanity Fair Online: "What Happens When Society Decides That Nerds Are Dangerous?"

In Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 movie Straw Dogs, Dustin Hoffman plays an ineffectual intellectual, a mathematician, indeed, a nerd, who moves with his alluring wife to her hometown, in England. Local rowdies continually harass them, until Hoffman’s character executes a violent revenge.

The words “nerd” and “violent” do not usually go hand in hand, but the harmlessness of nerds is hardly a settled formula. 

[To read full article please visit: Vanity Fair online.]