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
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
I probably should be asking:
Would our field we better off if more of us became disillusioned and skeptical early on?
@Wolf480pl great question. Been thinking about it since yesterday.
We should all be extremely skeptical, yes. Especially of large "tech" companies.
There are lots of organizations outside the "software industry" that need computers programmed, whose work is more important.
We should consider it a higher honor to work IT for a high school, than to work for Google!
If you gotta work for a big company because you need the $$$ to support your family, then do it, but don't buy into their hype.
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