When the Siracusa is away the geeks will get introspective
stories on alt med for pets, or when a co-workers discusses why they think magnetic bracelets work we may tick off the various logical fallacies being spoken in one's head.
The guests on this week's episode were Marco Arment and Merlin Mann while the episode was hosted by the indefatigable Dan Benjamin. It was just three computer geeks discussing what is a geek, is geek culture becoming more mainstream, and if geek culture is more mainstream how do geeks feel about it. It was not a scientific discussion, but I found it a fascinating talk. Should geeks celebrate that reading comic books is becoming more popular, or be upset that our self identity is being consumed by pop culture. For me, I think it is a little of both. As I have no doubt that just like fashion today geeks uncomfortably rule, and tomorrow we're comfortably outcasts again.
My advice to the non-Apple aficionados is to skip about the first and last twenty minutes of the episode, but if you do you might find those bits of interest too.