Have our conversations about programming paradigms grown stale? It seems so. Paradigms like object-oriented programming and functional programming, the two most talked-about, are decades-old. Nearly always, conversations about them devolve into reciting the same desiccated stereotypes. Is this because the notion of a programming paradigm has outlived its usefulness? Dr. Harper appears to think so. Even among those who find some value in one paradigm or another, there is a notable wariness to engage in fruitful discussions across diverse communities.