Over the last few months I have written a few posts about my geeky obsessions. Yes I freely admit that I do enjoy watching tales of monsters and mayhem weekly on Doctor Who. I will debate the merits of a pre-episodes 1-3 Star Wars Universe. While happily blogging from my own space; not my mother’s basement. In short my partner calls me a geek. Unlike alcoholics or intravenous drug users I don’t have a support group for my anti-social tendencies. Or do I?
GeekAdvancement.com is home to the Society for Geek Advancement. Founded by Shira Lazar and Lon Harris from the ideas put forward in the I Am Canadian beer ads by Molson Canadian. Shira thought to herself “Geeks out there deserve this too, eh?”
Thus the “I Am a Geek” project was born. Enlisting geeks from all over the world, videos were shot and edited, in a tongue in cheek way of course. Forming the project and becoming a force for positive change on the web. Using the new-found power of geek unity and star recognition Geek Advancement helped to raise over $250,000 for the Charity: Water movement.
The website and subsequent movement have formed a place where geeks of all stripes can openly share and express themselves in an environment free of harassment and shame.
It’s about time, I remember the dark days of high school. Being a social outcast for not being on one of the big time sports teams. I never denied friendship to anyone but was often held back from being part of the “In Crowd“. I formed friendships with other misfits, people who like me just never seemed to fit into mainstream high school life.
Maybe the internet is really starting to come of age. Whole generations of kids now have not known a world without instant contact or Wikipedia. Gone are the days when people of different stripes are forced to huddle in high school hallway alcoves looking for a sense of purpose. No longer do we have to hang out in the band shell or yearbook room. The internet has brought a place where no matter where you are you can belong.
My name is Bob and I am a geek! Now someone get me the movie listings I am sure Harry Potter is playing somewhere.