So, May 25 huh? Geek Pride Day! Or… is it?
The wikipedia article on Geek Pride day lists a “manifesto” of sorts, or a “geek code”(see below) for Geek Pride Day…
…here it is:
- The right to be even geekier.
- The right to not leave your house.
- The right to not like football or any other sport.
- The right to associate with other nerds.
- The right to have few friends (or none at all).
- The right to have as many geeky friends as you want.
- The right to be out of style.
- The right to be overweight and near-sighted.
- The right to show off your geekiness.
- The right to take over the world.
- Be a geek, no matter what.
- Try to be nerdier than anyone else.
- If there is a discussion about something geeky, you must give your opinion.
- To save and protect all geeky material.
- Do everything you can to show off geeky stuff as a “museum of geekiness.”
- Don’t be a generalized geek. You must specialize in something.
- Attend every nerdy movie on opening night and buy every geeky book before anyone else.
- Wait in line on every opening night. If you can go in costume or at least with a related T-shirt, all the better.
- Don’t waste your time on anything not related to geekdom.
- Try to take over the world!
So, I have a problem with this. Not all of it, and mostly the ‘responsibilities’ section…
But I get ahead of myself. Here is where I disagree with the rights…
Right #5. The right to have few friends (or none at all).
So, in response to this, some images.
So back to it.
Whilst Right #5 states that a geek may have no friends – which is fine as a choice, but it also implies that geeks may have no friends due to a lack of social grace. …and that, imho, doesn’t sync with the very definition of a geek. (don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against nerds by the definitions given here. I have nerdy friends and geeky friends, and I have nerdy moments and geeky moments. But it’s to be a geek that I aspire, and take pride in)
Nonetheless, it’s a relatively minor issue and harder to defend (but lets me include pretty pictures
Moving on to the responsibilities. Overall, they mix ‘geek’ and ‘nerd’ in annoying and inconsistent ways…
2. Try to be nerdier than anyone else.
Surely being a geek is largely about individuality. I don’t mind competitive behaviour, but I object to it being a responsibility. You cannot mandate competitiveness.
3. If there is a discussion about something geeky, you must give your opinion.
MUST?! No. Really not. To be allowed to care passionately and state your case, sure. But I object to “must” here.
4. To save and protect all geeky material.
Even though I myself am a hoarder and packrat, I think to call it a *responsibility* is too wide reaching. Also, “all”?? See point #6
5. Do everything you can to show off geeky stuff as a “museum of geekiness.”
Again, why is SHOWING OFF now a responsibility? Be passionate, sure. But sometimes collecting is a private endeavour. This links back to #3.
6. Don’t be a generalized geek. You must specialize in something.
This… I kind of agree with. Kind of. But still think it’s a bit strong for a RESPONSIBILITY…
Also, this contradicts several other responsibilities listed herein. According to this I have to specialise, but according to #4 and #7, #8, I have to care about ALL and EVERY geeky thing…
7. Attend every nerdy movie on opening night and buy every geeky book before anyone else.
Is this a competition again? sheesh. See point #6
For the record, it’s possible to be a geek without caring about movies or books!
8. Wait in line on every opening night. If you can go in costume or at least with a related T-shirt, all the better.
EVERY? See points #6 and #7. *sigh*
9. Don’t waste your time on anything not related to geekdom.
Limitations is not the geek way. Defining some things as being not geek and therefore a waste of time – is a limitation!
Damn the man. Do what you want.
And another thing…
In accordance with responsibility #6 (and yes, I recognise the irony of citing responsibility #6 which I myself object to), isn’t “Geek Pride” kind of, well, GENERIC?
So on May 25 I celebrate TOWEL DAY. A day for Hitchhiker and Douglas Adams fans to celebrate this specific fandom. A geek fandom. In fact, a specialised geek fandom…
So don’t celebrate Geek Pride Day. Celebrate your geek pride by celebrating your passion when, how, and with whom you choose in a manner appropriate for your geekiness. Here are some ideas:
- March 14: Pi day (3.14) – for Math geeks
- May 4: Star Wars “May the forth be with you” day.
- May 25: Towel Day (2 weeks after the death of Bop Ad), and also Star Wars day (the day the original Star Wars was released. Apparently also it’s a Discworld (of Terry Pratchett) day: The Glorious 25 May
- July 22: Pi day (22/7 = a closer approximation to π than 3.14)
- September 19: Talk Like a Pirate Day
And… Don’t Panic if you disagree. I’m open to discussion, clarification, and reinspecting my opinions
PS: “Geek Code”? I think that is more correctly this old gem http://www.geekcode.com – for which I have a collection of old codes somewhere, and in fact I’d support it’s re-emergance as a part of the Geek Pride Day, since that would help expand awareness of different elements of geek nature