Lee Siegel Hits the Twitter-Verse

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And our Web editor Laura Conaway is here now to tell us what you are saying.

Hello, Laura.

LAURA CONAWAY: Good morning, Bill. How are you?

WOLFF: Never better.

CONAWAY: We have a little place on our blog. It's a little lost corner almost -frequently asked questions file - and I never think anyone is going to find it. And it turns out that people not only find it, they leave us letters…

STEWART: Oh.

CONAWAY: …about us. So here's one to brighten your day. I thought I just read a couple because, otherwise, you'll never see them.

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BPP is terrible.

WOLFF: Oh.

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STEWART: Oh, thanks, Laura.

WOLFF: Great.

CONAWAY: I switch to another station as soon as I hear that annoying chattering noise. I think it's just when I'm on the air (unintelligible)…

STEWART: No, no.

CONAWAY: That's (unintelligible).

STEWART: Some people don't like that we speak to one another, but…

CONAWAY: Yeah. That's (unintelligible).

STEWART: We all like each other here. What can we say?

CONAWAY: Yeah.

STEWART: For 19 years, we like each other.

CONAWAY: Here's a little bit of a happy one. She says, I've been listening since the beginning. I thought what the heck? I'll Podcast them and give them a try. I'm 59 and never thought the BPP would appeal to me. And guess what? I'm addicted to the BPP. That's from Carol(ph). That's about it.

WOLFF: Uh-huh. Touché.

STEWART: Hi, Carol. Thanks, Carol.

WOLFF: And that for annoying.

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CONAWAY: So anyway, so talking to people - we've been talking to this guy, critique Lee Siegel all week. And let me tell you. This guy knows what it means to be precocious.

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CONAWAY: The author of this new book about the Internet called "Against the Machine," which should tell you a little bit about how he feels. He's taken a look at our blog and our Twitter feed this week. And yesterday, he had sort of a true confession for me. He had seen Ian Schwartz(ph) post about "High School Musical."

STEWART: And he is one of our producers.

CONAWAY: He's one of our producers, excuse me, yeah.

So here's Lee Siegel with his big brain stumped flat by this post about "High School Musical."

LEE SIEGEL: I have no idea what he was referring to. I suddenly felt so superannuated. I don't know what "High School Musical" is. I don't know whether it refers to the cult of Troy and Gabriella. I'm ashamed to say I don't know what that is. And then I was reading the comment. And a very enthusiastic comment - it says, kudos to the wardrobe's department in India, they have effectively bridged the territorial gap between Troy Bolton and Joey Jeremiah. Again, I mean, maybe this is really going to get me at the hot water admitting this, but I have no idea what he's talking about.

CONAWAY: So there.

STEWART: Wow. That is a confession. That means he really been in a pop culture hole.

CONAWAY: Yeah.

WOLFF: Okay. Can I make a confession?

STEWART: Go ahead.

WOLFF: I'm right there with him. I have no idea what any of that meant.

STEWART: Yeah.

CONAWAY: Yeah.

WOLFF: I've heard of "High School Musical," but Troy…

CONAWAY: What are they talking about? Yeah...TEXT: WOLFF: What? No idea.

STEWART: No. (Unintelligible).

WOLFF: No idea, whatsoever.

CONAWAY: Yeah. Yeah. Lee Seigel, a smart guy. I'm going to pause the rest of that conversation in just a little bit when I come about it here.

Also today, we're going to be doing a slideshow on the extreme knitters. That's coming up on the show a little bit.

And, Alison, you found this YouTube thing of a guy knitting and drumming?

STEWART: Yeah. I was researching this story, and I found this YouTube video of a guy who knits and also play sort of the whole rock n' roll set up of drums. Not the best drummer I've ever seen. I'm not particularly - I'm not sure he's the best knitter, but I applaud his attempt at multitasking.

CONAWAY: It's astounding. I - just check it out. It's astounding. And if you knit and you want to send us a picture of your stuff, just drop us something in the comments, and we'll pick it up.

Lastly, Alison, I just want to look at my favorite Twit of the week, and actually you would read it out - I don't know if I could do it (unintelligible).

STEWART: Yes. It is from Meg Fowler(ph), a regular person at twitter.com/bpp. She wrote: I love that feeling of having someone play with my hair. My brain is tense tonight, oh, X-Chris(ph), you were useful for this.

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CONAWAY: I love it. Thank you, Meg Fowler. Apparently, she's having a toothache, she reports this morning. So we hope she feels better.

WOLFF: Well, I sure do.

STEWART: Something to report, go to twitter.com/bpp. Join our online community there.

Laura Conaway, big thanks.

CONAWAY: Thank you.

STEWART: Coming up on the BRYANT PARK PROJECT, Boulder, Colorado, wants people to build smaller houses. We'll explain why.

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