I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.
The Church of the Evolved Lamb stuff makes sense now - looks like I didn't miss anything, it was just taking Scalzi a while to get to the point.
I would be far more concerned about this "uploading your data will be painful, like an electrical shock to your optic nerve" thing than Archie seems to be. There are a lot of important questions he's not asking, like "How painful are we talking?" and "How long are those nanites going to be on my optic nerve?"