Whether it's a major electoral year or a small-town bid for ombudsman or judge probate, there are some who get as interested in political contests, policy debates, and the economy as others might be in Marvel films or the latest Call of Duty release.
What feeds this fascination? Does it stem from a deep-seated investment in the topics being contested, a desire to see one's personal beliefs and platforms upheld by representatives that best exemplify and advance those agendas? Or is this a fanatic enjoyment of the machinations of politics, the holistic nature of government and its impact on the lives of the citizens within it, across all social strata? Could this be the most complex form of geekdom we've yet to explore?
In this episode, we look at the intense fascination some have with the inner workings of politics, from polls to policy, rhetoric to legislation.
In the immortal words of Huey Lewis, "It's Hip to Be Square". While that may be perfectly valid in libraries, on sitcoms, and in certain downtown social scenes, it may not be considered quite gospel in the workplace. What's a gainfully employed geek to do, when trying to be respected and accepted at one's job, while still feeling free to express one's passions and interests? Does a career mandate a certain degree of conformity?
Joined this time around by guests Aimee and Julie, we look at geek life in the workplace, and what it means to be true to one's interests while still on the clock.