Why a Mac user?

No, not “why do I use a Mac”. That should be obvious to anyone with a modicum of good taste. Someone asked me why I included that in my tag line at the top of this page. Looking at the list, I was struck by the fact that several of the roles that I claim represent minority positions, albeit fiercely proud ones. I’m an atheist living in a depressingly superstitious and hagiographic culture, a country where a self-avowed unbeliever couldn’t be elected to public office. A Mac user surrounded by victims of mediocre software from Redmond, WA. A liberal in a society where many treat that as term of opprobrium.
In an increasingly homogenized world, claiming membership in a minority group seems like an obvious way to define oneself as different. We all do it, don’t we? 🙂