The Dork Anthem: Yeah, I Believe in Magic!

The Dork Anthem

When I stumbled on this this morning, I though that it would be another poorly composed amateur nerd-themed song, but boy was I wrong. Dave and Brian‘s “The Dork Anthem” has to be one of the most awesome music video I’ve listened to so far this year.

I only have one problem with the name of the song… I mean, have you looked up the definition of “dork” recently?

USA pejorative slang for a quirky, silly and/or stupid, socially inept person, or one who is out of touch with contemporary trends. Often confused with nerd and geek, but does not imply the same intelligence level. [Source: Wikipedia]

Maybe they should have named the song “The Geek Anthem” instead? It would certainly have sounded a bit less derogatory that way, wouldn’t you say?

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11 Responses to The Dork Anthem: Yeah, I Believe in Magic!

  1. The song states “you say i’m a dork.” The guys in the song have been called dorks all their lives, because the types of people who would call them names would choose to be derogatory. They would not be concerned with choosing a PC term like “nerd” or “geek”. In the end of the song the singer says “I know i’m a dork” as a way to just say “screw it, i’ll embrace the term, cuz i’ll get you back someday.”

  2. The song states "you say i'm a dork." The guys in the song have been called dorks all their lives, because the types of people who would call them names would choose to be derogatory. They would not be concerned with choosing a PC term like "nerd" or "geek". In the end of the song the singer says "I know i'm a dork" as a way to just say "screw it, i'll embrace the term, cuz i'll get you back someday."

  3. I understand the sentiment, but the track was frankly not good, in my opinion – gimme Electric Funstuff or MC Hawking any day over these guys. Not forgetting Jonathon Coulton, or Nerina Pallot’s Geek Love.

  4. I understand the sentiment, but the track was frankly not good, in my opinion – gimme Electric Funstuff or MC Hawking any day over these guys. Not forgetting Jonathon Coulton, or Nerina Pallot's Geek Love.

  5. I like it! I don’t even care about the title–I’ll call myself a dork if I act like it, and I’m happy if someone realizes that I am a dork, a nerd, and a geek.

    Plus, the beat is catchy and they’re totally right. “I’ll be your boss one day” got me through a whole lot of hard times with people.

  6. I like it! I don't even care about the title–I'll call myself a dork if I act like it, and I'm happy if someone realizes that I am a dork, a nerd, and a geek.

    Plus, the beat is catchy and they're totally right. "I'll be your boss one day" got me through a whole lot of hard times with people.

  7. Personally I think their is an evolutionary process that most people over look, within the world of geekdom. I'm my eyes,.. i see the geek evolution as such:

    []"Dorks", are level 1 characters, a mere adolescent in the scheme of things. Only capable of some very basic concepts, gaming, comics, and maybe a cult movie or two, Nothing too serious, nothing too socially inept.

    [] "Nerds": Over time, a dork evolves, become less situationally inept, and more obsessive, evolving into a bonified "Nerd", a Juvenile with Juvenile behavior and ways of handling social awkwardness .They correct peoples grammar, spelling, ideas and thoughts, and generally annoy people about their ideals of what and how they think things should be based within their obsession.

    []"Geeks": Then over time, if cultured and cured, a dork evolves into Adult hood, known to many scientist's as the "Geek" stage. They know ever line to their favorite movie series, Their clothes, room, and email all fit your obsession, and everyone around them becomes slowly concerned for their sanity.

    [] "Otaku": Lastly we have,… the guru of the evolutionary chain, the wise and Fabled old sage of the obsession chain, the "Otaku". Within the Japanese culture the very ideal, and level of obsession, within their society that people have shown in the past, in turn spawned its own unique word, called "Otaku". This is a word in Japanese that emphasizes the idea,.. of complete over the top unshakable obsessive compulsive fandom. They are so far gone into the world of their escapism, that they only can function with people who are on a semi equal level of their obsessiveness. They quite literally live their life as a character from their choice obsession. They often believe that its actually real, and suspect their is a conspiracy keeping the general masses from knowing the truth. Their family, and what they can barely attempt at calling friends, knows their completely and totally insane,… and simply humor you out of fear for either their own safety, or concern about the said fanatic.