Although I like the article in general there is a huge problem with nerd culture in this country. I think it is the result of Americans living in at the edge of things. You either choose to be socially incapable, weird and obnoxious nerd or a superficial, idiotic social person.
There is a way to be good at math, science and chess without being socially incapable. All human beings are perfectly capable of performing well in a society and the key is not protecting nerds but teaching them to perform well socially in society.
I believe this weird isolation culture of nerds and intellectuals in general is one of the big problems of the society. If you isolate yourself from people who do not read and learn, those people will never learn and we will continue to complain.