GEEK PRIDE DAY
Get your geek on! Let your geek flags fly on May 25! Geek Pride Day celebrates all things geeky. It is for those people who appreciate sci-fi, fantasy, board games, video games, comic books, cosplay, anime, steampunk, and zombies, and much more.
Geeks are a diverse bunch with one shared quality, passion. Especially for technology and for those things that are outside of mainstream interests, and that can make them seem eccentric.
Geeks are smart, at least if collections of information measure intelligence. Geeks, collect lots of information.
Geeks invent things, too. Famous geeks include Thomas Edison, Steve Wozniak, and Benjamin Franklin. Each one was innovative, eccentric, and passionate about things outside their mainstream society.
Many tech publications and websites promote the bill of rights for geeks. Some of the geek rights include:
- the right to be more geek
- staying at home
- not have a partner and be a virgin
- not to like football or sports
- the right to geek association
- to have few friends (or none)
- to have all the friend’s geeks who love each other
- not to go to fashion.
- to overweight and myopia.
- world domination
HOW TO OBSERVE GEEK PRIDE DAY
If you’re not sure if you are a geek, visit the Geek Pride Day website to find out.
Follow on social media with #GeekPrideDay
If you are a geek, be the geekiest you can be on Geek Pride Day:
1. Get competitive: be geekier than anyone else.
2. In a discussion about something geeky, you must give your opinion.
3. Save and protect all geeky material.
4. Show off geeky stuff as a “museum of geekiness.”
5. Don’t be a generalized geek. You must specialize in something.
6. Download or stream a geeky movie, one that has a passionate, eccentric fandom.
7. Watch the first Star Wars movie released in 1977.
8. Go to a public gathering in costume or at least with a geekdom T-shirt.
9. Don’t waste your time on anything not related to geekdom.
10. Befriend any person or persons bearing any physical similarities to comic book or sci-fi figures.
GEEK PRIDE DAY HISTORY
Why May 25? It’s the day “Star Wars” premiered in 1977, making it an appropriate choice for all things geeky.
1998 – Tim McEachern organized unconnected events called Geek Pride Festival and/or Geek Pride Day
An international observance originated in Spain in 2006 as Día del Orgullo friki and spread around the world via the Internet.
2001 – Dick Morley organized Geek Pride Days at The Barn, his retreat in New Hampshire. He describes it in his book, Techshock – Future under repair
2006 – Organized worldwide publicity originated in Spain in 2006 as (Spanish: Día del Orgullo friki, English: “Geek Pride Day”) and spread around the world via the Internet.
In 2008, Geek Pride Day was officially celebrated in the U.S., where it was heralded by numerous bloggers, coalescing around the launch of the Geek Pride Day website.
Hardcore geek historians trace their roots to the “freak scene” of the 1960s and 1970s, championed by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.