Thought leaders or out of touch with the masses

Tim wrote:

I hadn’t heard about any first-hand experiences since few people I work with live on Windows.

The proportion of thought leaders who use IE on Windows is trending to zero.

Given the sharp rise of PowerBooks at conferences are of any indication, I think he is right.

What I wonder though is whether the, so called thought leaders, are leading or simply getting out of touch with the masses?  With the Net, the perfect reality warping medium, serving as the social fabric of the thought leaders and new social software enabling them to form tighter groups, what lies ahead?  Perhaps a shock many times greater than the one I felt at the end of last presidential election?