Sunday, August 08, 2010

A great geek conversation

Here are Reihan Salam and Lev Grossman, occasionally dipping into "Realms of Hazy Phenomenology," while discussing Google's looming uncooolness, e-readers, apps as a (the?) new way of life, "social engineering through video games," some new stuff in genre fictionugh science fiction and fantasy, and … like that. I didn't agree with every point made, but I found the whole thing quite enjoyable to listen to.

This diavlog probably won't be to everyone's taste, but if the topics mentioned seem appealing to you, these are a couple of smart guys, and they have a great rapport, so give it a shot.

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Visit the alt. video link if you'd rather download an audio or video file instead of sitting here while it streams. See that link in any case for a nice collection of "links mentioned," in the right-hand sidebar. Visit this thread if you're curious about what others had to say.

You can read words by Reihan at Forbes, The Agenda, and The Daily Beast. He also has coauthored a book, titled Grand New Party.

Lev's writing may be enjoyed at Time, Techland, and his own blog, His latest book is The Magicians.


Don McArthir said...

When I think of all the effort and energy that went into shifting from proprietary user interfaces to the standards-compliant browser as the universal front end for the computing experience, I look upon the rebirth of applications with dread and some despair.

Here we go again.

(PS. Bloggers OpenID implementation is once again broken.)

Twin said...

BTW: Have you ever noticed that sometimes BhTV sells the left half of that "more stuff like this" button to the sponsors of some of its videos? I saw an embed the other day that had a link back to the Templeton Foundation.

bjkeefe said...

@Don: Sorry about the OpenID problem. Wish I had some better way to suggest reporting it than posting it in the Blogger Help forum, but I don't.

I dunno if I agree with your apps worry. As long as the platforms work, I don't see a problem with what people layer on top of them. It's when they become so dominant they can break the platforms to support the apps, as with Microsoft and its browser antics, or Adobe and its cookie antics, that I start to get annoyed.

@Twin: No, I've never noticed that. I'd appreciate it if you could pass along a screen shot and a link the next time you do.