37 signals drives me insane. Reading this post almost ruined my day. Having graduated from one of the most pretentious fine art institutions in the country, I can safely say that a lot of people see themselves at the top of this pyramid. The problem with self-identifying at the top of such a hierarchy is that it leads to an insidious self-awareness. I can almost certainly guarantee you, nobody will read your code and think it is beautiful because nobody will give a shit about your code. It's computer code, not poetry.
Twitter freaks me out. One of the fundamental principals of Newspeak was the inability to express meaningful thoughts. Twitter is a highly digestible format for a particular kind of reader. There must be a self-satisfaction in knowing everyone agrees with you and you agree with them. Scares the life out of me, but I still think Twitter is awesome.
PHK's a Generation Lost in the Bazaar is a good read. However, the issues he claims are problems will continue to grow (especially since hardware tends to compensate for wasted cycles). A coworker of mine described programming as mastering confusion rather than understanding processes. There's a coherent thought here somewhere ... but the kind of personality rewarded by the cathedral tends to be less qualified than the personality rewarded by the bazaar. What I mean is that the cathedral produces incompetent dictators. Second, the world is undergoing a technology blitz now so it's better to be wrong than nothing at all.