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Nerd Rage: Okay People, Let’s Use Our Heads Here…

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So within less than twenty-four hours we have seen another wonderful example of what I lovingly call, “Nerd Rage.” This is basically when we see fully grown adults become over grown children and beg the question as to whether their parents taught them the importance of civility. Though if I was a betting man, I’d put my money on “no.”

Nick Spencer, who is the current writer for “Captain America: Steve Rogers” has begun to receive death threats for the ending of the first issue of the series. No this is not a joke, the guy is having his life threatened…for writing comic book.

Now before someone calls me out and start internet raging at me, I know I wrote an article a few hours ago venting my indignation at that ending. But I certainly never thought of harming the guy, literally or figuratively. And I definitely wouldn’t post that thought on the internet! Finally, I would never, and will never condone violence on a writer for writing a story that bothered me. Especially when that story has not reached a conclusion yet.

Furthermore, I will even go so far as to praise Mr. Spencer for writing a story that within its first issue elicited an emotion this strong. I read the Death of Superman and shed not a single tear, and this issue made me want to hit something. Hard. To have me feeling this emotion at all demonstrated incredible skill and I give Mr. Spencer credit when credit is due.

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Excellent job, dear sir! Well done.

But with all the sorrowful excuses of adults who cannot handle their emotions, what is wrong with you? This is not the first time we seen Nerd Rage before, and this sadly won’t be last until someone gets hurt, badly.

Gamergate, the Skyrim Modding controversy, and now this problem. I know the man-child problem in this country is bad, but this is just ridiculous. Obviously if readers are unhappy with a story, letting the companies know is vital to fixing the problem. But how many times can we recall an issue being solved with a death threat?

None. That’s how many.

This Nerd Rage problems is getting out of hand, and needs to be addressed soon. Or else something is going to happen, something terribly tragic. And the blood split is going to be on all of our hands.

And by the way, for those of you who are thinking, “It’s only a joke, don’t get so bent out of shape about it,” let’s see how well you handle a death threat on you, or your family, and see if you “get the joke.”

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Seth Frederiksen
A post-grad history buff who is addicted to comics and books, and lover of anything with the words "ice" and "cream" in it. I've been a huge Batman fan since I can remember, and have come to appreciate sequential art as literature and entertainment. Also I have a soft spot for dogs. Just saying.