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    • Alexa
      Scout
      6 months ago

      Reviving an old one that I think hit Readup before I did... her book with the same name as this piece just came out and it is making the rounds again. Definitely looking to get my hands on that book.

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
        6 months ago

        Update: this

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
        6 months ago

        Upvote. I want her to write about Readup one day. :) Her piece on the guys behind Hacker News was awesome.

    • p_scaal11 months ago

      I remember reading this when it was first published. Still as relevant as ever. Has anything changed?

    • Kiki11 months ago

      After reading this essay I can only say that I am so grateful to be out of the job market. What have we become, as a culture, that encourages such idiotic, soulless and empty behavior?

    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
      1 year ago

      WHOA. That was one of my favorite reads of all time.

      • jeff
        Reading streakScribe
        1 year ago

        Awesome find. Captivating story telling and fascinating insight into a seriously disturbing culture/lifestyle. Also A+ title.

        • bill
          Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
          11 months ago

          +1 re: title. I wrote an essay in college about uncanny valleys in the literature of Charlotte and Emily Bronte. I'm pretty sure the paper was trash (fake work, fake thinking) but the term -- uncanny valley -- has definitely stuck with me. I love it.

      • erica11 months ago

        I live in the Silicon Valley and work in tech. I laughed at some parts because they're so real. For example, "In this environment, my lack of interest in learning JavaScript feels like a moral failure" and "I chatter on about Paleo adherents and people who do CrossFit and practice polyamory" and "a normal event in the Burning Man off-season — whippits, face paint, high-design vaporizers". I wanted to cry at other parts for the same reason. These hurt: "This city is changing, and I am disgusted by my own complicity" and "It will take almost a year to realize I was gaslighting myself, that I was reading from someone else’s script." The most shocking (and 100% real) part was when she asks what the guy wants to do with his tens of millions of dollars, and her friend says, "I don’t think he wants to do anything.”

        • bill
          Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
          11 months ago

          Yup. "I don't think he wants to do anything," was one of the best lines of the whole story!

    • Pegeen
      Scribe
      11 months ago

      I found this extremely disturbing, difficult to get through. Sounds so soulless and sad.

      • Pegeen
        Scribe
        11 months ago

        I would also like to add that this was very well written. Captivated me against my will!

        • bill
          Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
          11 months ago

          This is one of the most accurate depictions of the culture behind tech that I’ve ever encountered. No wonder we’re producing the kind of tech we’re producing! I agree re: disturbing, soulless, sad. In a few decades, we’ll look back on this time in much the same way that we’re now looking back on the banking/finance - Wolf of Wall Street, etc.

          Humans are funny/strange creatures. Especially the white-collar ones. They’re strangest of all.