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Matthew Lövelace @starbreaker

"We're throwing out the end goal - the creation of things - and we're surrendering to the little, often (contextually) useless details. We're trying to prove our mastery of our skill to other people and to ourselves at the expense of others. At the expense of joy for the skill. At the expense of newcomers and the creative people that fill the world and want to create."

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@starbreaker Some of this is recognisable, but some if it isn't. Working at a small company was considered superior to working anonymously in a cubicle at $giantcorp for as long as I can remember. Maybe that has changed with increasing centralization, but things were also centralized in the IBM era.

The rock star thing is also a recent phenomena. The beginning of Diaspora was the first time I saw software engineers being treated similarly to rock stars. Software is mostly about complicated details, so I don't think the rock star narrative is appropriate or helpful.

But the "real programmer" thing has always existed. REAL programmers use X. Emacs vs Vim.