David Brook’s nerd/geek essay rawks my world

NYTimes columnist David Brooks keeps writing the coolest stuff. Here’s some snippets from the latest, on the ascendency of geek culture:

“The jock can shine on the football field, but the geeks can display
their supple sensibilities and well-modulated emotions on their
Facebook pages, blogs, text messages and Twitter feeds. Now there are
armies of designers, researchers, media mavens and other cultural
producers with a talent for whimsical self-mockery, arcane social
references and late-night analysis.”

and

“Barack Obama has become the Prince Caspian of the iPhone hordes. They
honor him with videos and posters that combine aesthetic mastery with
unabashed hero-worship. People in the 1950s used to earnestly debate
the role of the intellectual in modern politics. But the Lionel
Trilling
authority-figure has been displaced by the mass class of
blog-writing culture producers.”