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May 25 2011

Geek Pride

by Joseph M

Have you ever been called a geek? Would you consider yourself geeky in any way? Although traditionally considered a pejorative term, it is increasingly being used self-referentially in a more positive context. There is no universally accepted definition as to what makes someone a geek, but stereotypical geeky characteristics include an interest in video games, comic books, science fiction/fantasy, and other esoteric subjects.

Geek Pride Day is an initiative which claims the right of every person to be a nerd or a geek. It has been observed on May 25 since 2006, honoring the premiere of the first Star Wars film in 1977. The idea for a special day celebrating geekdom originated in Spain in 2006 as “Orgullo Friki” and spread around the world via the internet. In addition to commemorating the Star Wars anniversary, Geek Pride Day showcases the work of two beloved sci-fi/fantasy authors with additional “fan holidays”: Towel Day, for fans of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams, and the Glorious 25 May, for fans of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

What do you geek out about?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Hektor Karl May 25, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Every day is Geek Pride Day on the internet :).

r hughes May 25, 2011 at 2:14 PM

How about Geek the Library?

JB May 28, 2011 at 1:47 AM

The funny thing is that everyone can be considered a geek in their own way. For me, my geekness comes in the form of “wanting” to stay at home with my kids all the time and spending time with them.

Ken June 11, 2011 at 4:28 PM

The library just added a new book called “The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth” by Alexandra Robbins.

Ken June 11, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Another new title which might be of related interest is “All Your Base Are Belong To Us: How Fifty Years of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture” by Harold Goldberg.

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