Friday, July 11, 2008

Speculative Fiction & Literary Genera's

I just watched this lecture by Neal Stephenson about the notion of literary and indeed cultural genera's. His definition of Geeking out around minute 28 is fabulous as it rings true. Ironically, this truthiness that he speaks of is present, for me, in his definition. But I must argue the notion that the populace's Veging Out is limited to television is conspiculously narrow sighted. In fact, as he points out around minute 30, that the tweaking of statistics to produce a best seller list that does not refelct what is actually selling the best, may be the same sort of morally reductive reasoning applied to speculation. Also, it strikes how the notion of folk wisdom is very similar to the expertise (or maybe is one example of..) geek expertise.

Also, I have to say that I really love this player interface, not very intrusive, besides the annoying logo. But the pop up code and email button is fabulous, no navigating away!


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