Wednesday, April 24, 2013

National Geek Pride Day Petition

The stereotype of a geek may conjure images of a shy, awkward individual in a corner of his or her basement, avoiding social interaction. But the negative image associated with "geek" from the nineties and prior is very different from its curerent image: it's now cool to be a geek. Perhaps it's because of widespread computer use; Apple is considered as designer as Versace. Maybe it's the billions of dollars being made by successful- and geeky- businessmen. It could be the reason for- and then, promoted by- the rise of hipsters. Even our current President, with all of his swagger, is a geek.

With so many geeks in the spotlight, geek pride has swelled in recent years. In 1998, the first Geek Pride Festival was organized in Boston by Tim McEachern, a radio host. It began "as sort of a joke," he said. "At first, it was just a couple of friends in a bar. Then we thought, why hell, if we can do this, we can do it even bigger."

Geeks are known for their enthusiasm and bigger, it became. Geek Pride is usually celebrated on May 25th. According to McEachern, the date was celected to commemorate:  

  • My birthday. Seriously. It's my 30th birthday. Go on ThinkGeek.com and get me some presents.
  • The first Star Wars film release in 1977. 
  • Towel Day (commemorates the passing of author Douglas Adams)
  • The Glorious 25th of May (for fans of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels)
 On April 25, 2013 NerDC.net files a petition via the White House Platform We The People to make May 25, 2014 National Geek Pride Day. (That's tomorrow. How do I know about this? I'm The Doctor's latest companion. River's going to be so pissed- she hates spoilers.) So tomorrow, you can check out their press release and sign the petition. The petition was started by NerDC.net co-founder Robert J. Burns.100,000 signatures are required by the White House for them to give an official response.

How can you help? Make sure to sign the petition! Make sure that the White House responds to the request to establish National Geek Pride Day. Geeks unite!