Yup - I remember when Nerd and Geek were serious, nasty insults.
I was, am, and expect to remain fully nerdy, for real, long after the trend of the moment has passed us by.
When the shuttle program ends, it will be the end of the US manned space flight program.
I think this is probably the real summary - the USA basically can't afford space operations beyond satellite launch/maintenance anymore. Nerdy dreams to to the contrary, it's all over.
The torch will be passed to someone else, probably in a decade or two. Likely the Chinese, but who knows.
The NYT article was also about the kind of people who mount elaborate campaigns to torment the families of children who commit suicide. This is about a million miles away from making snarky comments online and light years away from anything Socrates did.
The only vaguely interesting part of the article was when they started talking to his mother. I would have liked to see them follow that angle up - these are seriously emotionally disturbed individuals with ridiculous rationalizations of their cruelty.
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