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Leland Cheuk and Paul M. Davis discuss films, TV, books, comedy, culture, technology, and the (alleged) decline of civilization.

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300px-BrogrammerBack in our day, coders were either tinkering nebbishes, family members incapable of human connection, or methed-out goths wearing unfortunate facial hair and flowing trenchcoats.

With the popularity of Watch Dogs, Halt and Catch Fire, Silicon Valley, and their ilk, Leland and Paul discuss the rise of the coder as a hip cultural figure — rebel hackers, iconoclastic visionaries, and brogrammer entrepreneurs. How did people staring at a terminal embody the most relevant cultural figures of our time? And do pop culture portrayals of rebel hackers bear any resemblance to reality?

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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…)