Happy Towel Day! And reflections.

25 May, 2022

Don't PanicToday is TOWEL DAY, a day to celebrate the life and works of Douglas Adams.  Douglas Adams wrote the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, radio show, novels, and much more, along with several other books and a few Doctor Who episodes.  He was a great talent who left us way too early.

Now, I hope you know who he is or, if not, seek out some more information about him, his books are a joy (as is the radio series of the Hitchhiker’s Guide, the TV show and movies are more of a mixed bag).  Now, when I was a young geek, everyone knew the Hitchhiker’s Guide, they may not have been fans, but everyone knew about Vogans and Towels and the Meaning of the Life. the Universe and Everything.

These days, as an older geek, I often feel disconnected from the greater geek culture, my general knowledge of such things are no longer the shared, lived experience of people, of the geek subculture.  Younger geeks inhabit an entirely different world, not worse, not better, just different, and I miss the shared culture of my youth.  Such is the fate of people in a subculture I suspect, time moves ever on and the new replaces the once new.

Though it is my impression that geek culture is less shared these days, when I was getting into the subculture there were only a limited number of science fiction and fantasy (especially fantasy) shows and movies, so everyone had seen Star Trek, Star Wars, what Doctor Who their local Public Broadcasting station grumpily agreed to show, even if you were not a fan of say Battlestar Galactica (the original) you knew about it.  These days you can find a fandom you like and if it is big enough (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings) you never need to venture outside of that niche.  I want people to like what they like and do what they enjoy, but I miss the shared references and culture.

Anyway, just the passing thought of someone who has been a geek for a very long time and intends to continue to be so.

Note: Image Rendition of the Guide, based on its description in the novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by nclm and used under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

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