In this episode, Paul reports back from SXSW — what it’s like to be an attendee who lives in Austin, how SXSW differs from other tech conferences, and how it serves as a microcosm of the cultural and economic bubble the tech industry exists within. Also discussed: ageism, sexism, and classism in the tech industry; bubble economies; the disappointments of NASA; the decisiveness of Putin; and the tenacity of Micro Center. (more…)
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Leland and Paul discuss critical consensus, and what it means when we don’t enjoy cultural works as much as everyone else does. How do cultural works become critical darlings? Are we settling for mediocrity? Are we suffering from social media-fueled groupthink? Or have our intrepid hosts simply grown too old and jaded to experience joy? (more…)
In the inaugural episode of EGAD!, Leland and Paul chat about Spike Jonze’s HER: the film, how its vision of artificial intelligence compares to other fictional, real, and hypothetical AI’s, foul-mouthed chatbots, and they imagine if George Saunders or Rod Serling had punched up the film’s script. SPOILERS if you haven’t seen the movie yet. Also, swears. (more…)