INTERNATIONAL PIXEL-STAINED TECHNOPEASANT DAY
April 23 is International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day. The purpose of the day is to encourage writers to post “professional quality” works for free on the internet.
Summarizing the purpose, originator Jo Walton said, “On this day, everyone who wants to, should give away professional quality work online. It doesn’t matter if it’s a novel, a story or a poem; it doesn’t matter if it’s already been published or if it hasn’t. The point is, it should be disseminated online to celebrate our ‘technopeasanthood.’”
technopeasant –(n), someone in a technical society who is disadvantaged or exploited by computer technology.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Write and a science fiction story or poem, and post it for free.
Sample some of the free works that are posted at https://duskpeterson.com/technopeasant/
Follow on social media with #technopeasantday, #ipstp, #technowretch
The commemoration was declared by author Jo Walton, to be held on April 23. It was first celebrated in 2007, in response to remarks made by another author that he was opposed “to the increasing presence in our organization the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America of webscabs, who post their creations on the net for free”.
The name of the day originates from the assertion that “webscabs” are “converting the noble calling of Writer into the life of Pixel-stained Technopeasant Wretch.”
Since its inception in 2007, several authors report their free postings resulted in book deals, public speaking events, and other profitable ventures.