stage 0 (illusionment): WOW i got a job at $FAMOUS_TECH_COMPANY so excited to be part of something bigger than myself and contribute to the magnum opus that is the computer revolution. Change the world!

stage 1 disillusionment: we are shipping buggy, unmaintainable, resource-hogging, fragile crap software because there's no financial incentive for craftsmanship

stage 2 disillusionment: the "tech industry" hasn't invented a new, useful technology in the last 10 years, maybe longer

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stage 3 disillusionment: what we're doing is actively harmful. we're destroying privacy, personal relationships, and possibly democracy itself in the name of automating away people's jobs so a billionaire can have a bigger yacht.

where I'm at now: Today I will fix the next bug on my JIRA queue, an activity which is futile, but not more futile than all other human endeavor

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@nindokag Most work in the tech industry is probably as pointless as any other industry, but a tech salary probably buys more/better drugs.

@machado I think of most tech industry work as being mostly a way to extract dollars from venture capitalists to redistribute them to our needy family members back home. With any other value created being an accidental by-product.

(I'm lucky enough to have found a job where i don't have to compromise my values in order to do so. There aren't enough of these jobs to go around, unfortunately.)

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